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Jude Tolar

     Jude spent her childhood drawing mermaids and Hawaiian girls and her college years doodling on class notes. At the time a psychology degree from OSU seemed more practical than her fine art prospects. After a stint as Staff Artist for the OKC library system, she studied art/illustration at Oklahoma University. She freelanced in graphic design and illustration for many years and wrote and illustrated and children's books.

     In 2006 Jude's focus turned to pastel painting. Pastels provide an immediate, fresh way to express the joy and beauty she sees around her. She prefers to work from life, either en plein air or indoors. The acreage Jude shares with her husband, Jim, in Stillwater provides many outdoor subjects. Her still lifes use personal favorites and quirky finds from estate sales and markets.

     Jude has learned much from pastel workshops with Becky Way, Terry Ludwig, Clive Tyler and Dale Martin. She also owes much to her Tuesday art group, the Oklahoma Pastel Society, Oklahoma Art Guild and Stillwater Art Guild. Jude is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.  She's won numerous awards for her pastels. Her latest, biggest thrill was winning two Best of Show awards in the same week in March, 2009.