THE rich colors of sunrise and sunset, the coastal waters of the Lowcountry—these are the greatest source of inspiration for Judy Walters, and her paintings are a love story to the region she has come to call home.

Before becoming a full-time artist in 2017, the Kentucky native spent years in the real estate industry as a developer and commercial appraiser. All the while, she harbored a desire to improve the artistic talent she’d shown since she was a child. It wasn’t until retirement in 2008, however, that she fully immersed herself in painting. Determined to hone her skills, Walters began taking art workshops and traveled to Europe to study with artists, attending the Florence Academy of Art and learning plein air painting. Nearly 10 years of study gave her the confidence to begin showing her work, and she has since become a treasured member of the Charleston art community.

From sunsets washing the sky in a riot of color to the marshes of Daniel Island, Walters uses her surroundings to give her paintbrush direction, finding her muse in the constantly changing beauty she sees.

Walters currently shows her work at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and Perspective Gallery in Mount Pleasant.

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