Shaman/Artist, Judy Gardner,
was born in Japan and grew up there and in Panama. Her parents,
a writer and an artist, provided an intellectual and artistic environment.
Growing up outside the United States separated her from American
popular culture. Instead, she was exposed to the spiritual traditions
and learned to appreciate the cultures of the places she lived or
Once back in the United
States, Judy attended Northern Arizona University and earned a BFA
in Graphic Design. At the University of Colorado in Denver, she
later earned an MH in Fine Art and Theater. Realizing that the Graphic
Design world was headed more and more in the direction of computers,
Judy taught herself Photoshop and 3D Studio. She formed her own
company, Gardner Animation Specialists, Ltd., doing technical animation
for court exhibits, architectural visualization, manufacturing and
construction visualization and has taught 3D animation and Digital
Image Manipulation at the Art Institute of Colorado, Regis University
and Metropolitan State College.
Judy's current artistic
work is directed toward expressing spiritual concepts visually through
the use of sacred geometry, dream imagery, and a certain ironic
twist. Layers of images and layers of meaning are her trademark.
Her work ranges from large scale installation work to print-making
and painting, and has recently been focused on combining traditional
and digital techniques (Tradigital?) Her Shamanic work focuses on
helping people to find healing and direction through personal self
expression in the arts.