Judy O'Neal's Profile

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Since I can remember I have loved creating. It is a passion that has kept me experimenting with different media all my life. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a beautiful area filled with boundless subjects for inspiration - birds, fish, alligators, crabs, turtles, shrimp, and so on. These are the things that I love to include in my work.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the beautiful Gulf Coast, I started to paint with two other art teachers for therapy (we really needed it). Since building materials were plentiful due to the Coast rebuilding, we experimented with painting on different materials we found - such as old wood, old windows, and tar paper. Although we enjoy painting on all three, tar paper became the material of choice because of its texture and color. After a while we became known along the Coast as the "Tar Paper Ladies". I guess I could roof an entire subdivision with all…

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  • Joined August 14, 2012

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About

Since I can remember I have loved creating. It is a passion that has kept me experimenting with different media all my life. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a beautiful area filled with boundless subjects for inspiration - birds, fish, alligators, crabs, turtles, shrimp, and so on. These are the things that I love to include in my work.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the beautiful Gulf Coast, I started to paint with two other art teachers for therapy (we really needed it). Since building materials were plentiful due to the Coast rebuilding, we experimented with painting on different materials we found - such as old wood, old windows, and tar paper. Although we enjoy painting on all three, tar paper became the material of choice because of its texture and color. After a while we became known along the Coast as the "Tar Paper Ladies". I guess I could roof an entire subdivision with all the tar paper I've painted on.

I also use the tar paper to create original, one-of-a-kind pins. They are like small sculptures. I call them wearable art. You can find these in my Etsy store. Some of the more popular pins are alligators, fish, crabs, turtles, and Fleur-de-lis. During the football season, it's hard to keep up the demand from the Saint's fans for Fleur-de-lis.



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