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Golden Glow Award- on a full sheet of watercolor paperusing a glazing technique.This painting was juried into theWatercolor Society of North Carolina's 2004 Annualshow in Boone NC.


41 Wexford PtHickory, NC 28601
(828) 495-7471

Judy Rider is a water media painter who has lived in Hickory since 1991. Prior to that time she resided in western Greenbrier Co., West Virginia. Since her introduction to watercolor medium in 1987, she has advanced her technique and style through workshops by professional artists and self-help books, as well as experimentation.

Judy has participated in art workshops by nationally acclaimed artists for several years. She also teaches watercolor technique locally. She accepts commissioned work in florals, landscapes, children and pet portraits.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Judy was a member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, the Beckley Art Group, and the Greenbrier Artists. She exhibited yearly from 1987-1991 with Greenbrier Artists and Beckley Art Group. Judy is currently a member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, the Piedmont Painters, the High Country Water media Society and associate member of the Southern Watercolor Society and Brush and Palette Club. Judy exhibits locally at Twisted Tree Gallery in Hickory and Art Walk in Boone, NC. Her work can be viewed on the Internet through and her own website:

Mrs. Rider teaches beginning watercolor classes for Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory Museum of Art. She participates year round in local and regional juried exhibits, including the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Southern Watercolor Society. Judy has been juried in to the prestigious "Art in the Park" Fine Arts Festival in Blowing Rock, NC in the past. Judy has a B.A. degree in English Education from Louisiana Tech University, and a M.A. degree in Secondary Classroom Teaching from West Virginia University. She is married to Thomas E. Rider and has three children.

Artist's Statement:
"Whether I am expressing excitement or quietness, a sense of time or place, water media gives me the versatility I seek. Its results can be both predictable and surprising, bringing impact to the viewer. I paint the things I love, including bright bold florals, the shimmer of light bouncing off water, the aging texture of stucco walls, seasonal colors, and abstract design, including collage."

Art Exhibit Awards 2001-2007
February 2007: Art About Women juried exhibit, Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC;2 honorable mentions
September 2006: Mooresville Art Guild juried exhibit; 2nd Place Watercolor Mooresville, NC
August 2006: High Country Watermedia Society, Juried Member Show, 2nd place, Jones House, Boone NC
September 2005: Books and Brushes Art Invitational, Lenoir Rhyne CollegeOne of seven artists invited to participate to benefit Rudisill Library
September 2005: Rock School Gallery, Annual Judged Competition, Valdese, NC
August 2005: High Country Watermedia Society, Member Juried Exhibit; Jones House, Boone, NC
July 2004: Watercolor Society of North Carolina 59th Juried Exhibition, Boone, NC (one of 80 paintings selected from 260 entries)
June 2004: Southern Watercolor Society 27th Annual Juried Exhibit, Fair Hope, Alabama(One of 70 paintings accepted from 228 artists submitting 427 slides from 15 Southern states)
May 2004: Caldwell Arts Council, "Mirror Image" Self-Portrait Juried Exhibit
September 2003: Carolina Artists Open, Salisbury, NC, 2nd Place Award
August 2003: Rock School Annual Open Competition, Valdese, NC, Honorable Mention
August 2002: Art One, Gastonia, Art About Women, Merchant Award
July 2002: Watercolor Society of NC Annual Juried Exhibit, Gastonia, Merchant's Award
June 2001: National Collage Society, "Wish You Were Here" Postcard Exhibit, Cash Award (1 0f 14, nationwide)


Three White Chicks

This is a half sheet watercolorusing a glazing techniques, leaving "whites".This painting is currently in my studio.


This painting was juried intothe Southern Watercolor Society 2004 juried showin Fairhope Alabama.It is rendered from a photo and drawingdone in Italy in 2001.It is painted on a quarter sheet of watercolor,currently in my studio.