Artist Judith Hartke has spent her life experiencing and exploring the natural world. When heading off to college, she felt the need to choose between her passion for art and animals, and graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor’s in both Animal Science and Education. After working for years as a Nutrition and Management consultant to dairy farms, Judy found a way to combine both her interests, and eventually transitioned to becoming a full-time nature artist.

Starting out early in her career winning “Artist of the Year” several times in New York State’s Wildlife Art competition, Judy’s first Federal Duck Stamp entries placed 10 and 12. Since that time, the artist has gone on to win awards and acceptance into may national and international competitions, shows, and exhibitions and her work has been sold by galleries throughout the country in such places as Jackson Hole, North Carolina, Florida, and New York, and in exhibitions from Henderson, Kentucky and San Diego, California to Tokyo, Japan.

Her work has gone to support many organizations and causes concerned with wildlife and environmental conservation, and she considers time spent in the field as one of the most rewarding aspects of her career as an artist. The artist works out of her studio in Western New York, but also takes every opportunity to travel and add to her store of reference experiences in support of painting the natural world that she loves.

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