Judith Foster

Spring Forms in Metamorphosis, n.d., Judith Foster, zinc plate etching, edition III/V, 40.3 cm x 50.2 cm, 1980.02.03, purchase made possible through the support of Casabello Wines Ltd. and the Canada Council for the Arts

Judith Foster 1930-2000

Born: Three Rivers, Michigan, 1930

Died: Oliver, British Columbia, 2000

Nationality: American

Judith Foster is a name that resonates strongly here at the Penticton Art Gallery. She was an avid printmaker and painter who significantly impacted the art community here in the Okanagan, and other places she resided throughout her life.

In 2000, Judith lost her battle with cancer at the age of 69. She was born in Three Rivers, Michigan in 1930. She lived in New York for a long period of time, later moving to New Mexico and finally to the Okanagan in 1975. Along this journey, Judith accumulated a lengthy list of awards and accomplishments. She meticulously chronicled her life through her artworks, sketchbooks and letters, along with memories of those who knew her. Judith was never on the pursuit of fame, she was on the pursuit of excellence. She was a perfectionist with her work, with piles of notes attached to every work of art, sketchbooks filled to the margins. She was a recluse, and would up and move regardless of her fame and admirers in her current city. She was always keen on contributing to the art community whether it was donating or teaching; she inevitably left a mark on anyone who knew her or saw her works.