Epoxy resin is a very difficult material to work with, and it takes considerable experience to properly use this hazardous material – though once properly cured, it is harmless. Judy uses epoxy resin in her artwork to achieve unique color and textures in her abstract paintings. She started incorporating epoxy resin into her original abstract paintings after much thought and research.
Judy’s journey into epoxy resin was not easy, and there was a lot of trial and error, but it all came together beautifully.
Epoxy resin paintings require a horizontal surface, so Judy creates her original paintings on saw horses, with the canvas parallel to the ground. This is different than many of her other paintings, which are created perpendicular to the ground. After rapidly mixing the epoxy with the hardener, she pours it on the canvas and then adds paint. The paint and epoxy mixture is moved around the canvas with heat guns and palette knives, along with the use gravity, moving the medium around the canvas, creating exciting (and sometimes meditative and minimal) paintings.
Epoxy resin is an extremely dangerous chemical while wet, so Judy wears a protective suit and breathes pure air through an air respirator hood while working on her contemporary abstract art paintings.
Judy must work fast once the mixture is mixed and poured since resin changes texture in a short period of time. She applies many layers of resin to each abstract art painting, which takes several days to complete and cure. The demands of this constantly changing medium keeps things interesting and challenging, resulting in a wide array of possibilities in texture, depth, and color. Some of the resin paintings are minimal, while the black and white ones are more expressive.