Capitol Conference Center will feature the artwork of Judy McCoy Foxx this Thursday at ArtWalk.
Growing up in McDowell County, West Virginia, Judy was encouraged by family and friends to pursue her creative talents. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia State College with a BS in Art Education and studied with Stan Sporney and Robert Hutton for her Master of Art degree from Marshall University.
Her visits to several European galleries for up close studies of the "Old Masters" works has quickened a desire for quality and purpose in each artwork she completes. For twenty-five years Judy made a career of teaching art in public schools at all age levels in Boone County and at Southern West Virginia Community College.
It was at the Elementary and Middle School levels that she witnessed several situations where children were being abused in their own homes. Those incidents, combined with a graduate thesis on Social Realism, helped her understand that she was somewhat of a Social Realist, often showing bittersweet truth through her paintings and drawings, i.e., broken crayons, disheveled toys.
The main focus of Judy's work is usually realistic still life, but she occasionally focuses on nature or creative design in the form of non-objective art, finding both intensely gratifying methods of artistic expression. Judy is a member of Tamarack, Allied Artists and Gallery Eleven. Her work can be seen in various private and business collections throughout various states.