Interpretations of Light and Space in Watercolor

July 9, 2016 - August 19, 2016
Judith Bertozzi

I find a watercolor work coming into focus through sheer layers of liquid color drying and merging with thirsty paper a very affirming experience. From the initial pencil drawing, wire-like armature in nature, to the fleshed out structure of color delineating form, the process that builds the image is, for me, one that is very three dimensional and thus relates to my early training as a sculptor.

My goal in the images of Interpretations of Light and Space in Watercolor” is for the viewer to sense the architectural quality of landscape and find there a place of interest. I come to my painting with the intention of acting as a visual surveyor. I determine the tonal metes and bounds of the space and align that with the general structure of the scene. I bring years of studying the effects of light and atmosphere and its interplay against land masses in different environments to each painting. It is not my intention to produce a photographic interpretation but rather an abstracted echo of the impression of what the light and space have imposed on my eye. More perfume than padding is the essence of the linear details, which invite the viewer to enter the space and respond with their own sense of adventure. The integrity of these images lays for me in the simplicity of a quiet, reflective and evocative balance of form and color.


Judith Bertozzi responds to individual locations via light and color using her trained skills to interpret the construction of her painted images with nuance and subtle intrigue. Her intention is to leave the viewer of her images with a sense of place that can be recollected realistically or impressionistically. After completing the certificate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ’66, and earning a B.F.A from Tufts University, ’68, Ms. Bertozzi worked for three years as a production and mold designer for the New York City design firms of Barracca Studios and Lombardi Bros. Following a period in the field of real estate restoration, Ms. Bertozzi began teaching at the Worcester Art Museum School, where she was awarded the Kinnikutt Award Grant for Women in Art.

In 1992 Ms. Bertozzi received a Master’s Degree in Art and Education from Lesley University and subsequently held Adjunct Art Faculty positions at UMass Dartmouth. She has participated in many area shows including the Attleboro Museum Members Show, Providence Art Club Open Works Shows, Newport Museum Small Works Show, Cape Cod Art Museum Open Shows, and the Museum of Boston School of Fine Arts Alumni Show. She has recently retired from her faculty position after twenty-two years of teaching art in the Dighton/Rehoboth School System. Her work has been collected privately as well as by businesses.

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