Artist Interview with Judith Tummino

Artist Interview with Judith Tummino

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Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!

1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?

I would think that being a music composer is similar to being an artist.
Both bring into creation something that would not exist without their efforts.
In all likelihood both benefit from spending time alone in their studios.
Both probably have a network of others within their profession. Those contacts can be extremely helpful.
Both create for an "audience" to either be heard or seen.
I imagine there are times of extreme frustration coupled with joy from time to time.
I would hope that both encourage a feeling of satisfaction for the creator.

2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?

Two things come to mind. When a fellow student was visiting my studio in Italy circa 2001, she looked at one of my pieces and said it was giving her goosebumps. It clearly moved her.
The second time came only this week when a collector told me she liked all of my work and wished she could buy so many pieces that her home from end to end would have my work in it.

3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?

That's a tough one as I am a very private person.
I would hope that people would appreciate the sincerity of my work and know that I am totally immersed in art, both mine and others.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?

Lennart Anderson's figure and portrait paintings. I have a painting on my piano that I look at daily. When I was taking a workshop from Lennart in Italy I told him on the last portrait session that if I did a good portrait my husband would allow me to return the next year. I had a good start on the Portrait of Oliveira. Lennart sat down and worked on it for about 20 minutes. After he handed the brush back to me, I couldn't tell where my painting ended and his changes began. So, I sat there and acted like I was painting because I didn't want to paint over the changes he had made. He came by and said, "There are many more things you could do to this, you know." I agreed with him and then went on acting like I was painting without making a change. One day about 3 years later, I was looking at the painting and all the subtle but important changes he had made jumped out at me. It was magical and so instructive.

5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?

When I was starting out painting if I hadn't been at it for a while, I usually worked my way back into painting by creating a Self Portrait. This lasted in oils for about 15 years. I now usually know what I want to do, even if I have been away from painting for a day or two, so my Self Portraits usually keep getting put on the back burner. I have an idea for a series that I would like to create of about 6 to 10 Self Portraits with a theme I have had in mind for years.

6. Which artist do you like better - Ingres or Delacroix, and why?*

Well Delacroix is painterly while the Ingres emphasizes drawing. Both created beautiful sensitive works. I actually would favor DeGas who combines both the linear and the painterly. DeGas has linear drawing elements at just the right places while using beautiful free and expressive color, just at the right places.

*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!