Pastel on canvas board
17.25" x 15" x 1.5"
"Crown Jewel" by Judie Chrobak-Cox
Judie Chrobak-Cox I grew up in Michigan and have always enjoyed nature and the outdoor life. I came to Utah in 1978 to work as a Student Conservation Association intern at Canyonlands National Park to satisfy a college degree requirement. This ended up being a turning point in my life, the start of my career with the National Park Service, and it ignited my love of the desert southwest. After working in four national parks, a national monument, and the Moab BLM Field Office, I retired from federal service in 2017. Since retiring in Moab, I have more time to follow artistic pursuits. This life-long hobby started when I took a variety of art classes in high school. Over the years I have worked in several mediums. In 2017, I took a basic pastel class offered at the MARC. Inspired, I attended two more MARC workshops presented by Colorado artist Barbara Churchley. Working alongside other artists in the workshops and with the local Pastel Guild has encouraged and inspired me to continue pastel painting. I like the forgiving nature of pastels and the ability it allows me to define or redefine my work. I find inspiration all around me and especially enjoy painting scenes found in local national parks and on nearby public lands.