Judy McSween paints Familiar Abstracts, connecting art with emotion and memory. She advocates for art to educate and uplift, embracing the global reach instagram, facebook, and her online gallery provide. Her collectors and fans enjoy videos of her painting process and photos of work in progress as well as her reflective and educational monthly newsletters. McSween is represented by the Edward Dare Gallery in downtown Charleston SC, the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island, SC, and Adina Gallery in Austin TX.
A native of Warren Ohio, and a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BFA specialization in painting, McSween has always been an artist. She says she has drawn as long as she can remember.
Her awards include an Honorable Mention for her paintings at the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit In Charleston, SC, Honorable Mentions in North Charleston’s Festival of the Arts both in oils and acrylics, second prize in South Haven Michigan’s 2018 Art of the Sea, and an Award of Excellence in Clermont Florida’s Champions for the Arts 2016.
In 2017, she was selected as the Design Winner of the The City of North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s abstract oil painting, titled Scraping the Sky II, was used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, and the painting became part of the City’s permanent Public Art Collection.
Her paintings have graced the covers of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, Dreaming .400.
I'm an abstract familiar painter—Every painting is born from a sketch or personal memory; in that way, I invite the familiar into the work. I use a combination of palette knives and brushes to give my paintings a sense of liveliness through thoughtfully placed lines and light filled spaces.