Guest Instructor Judson Monroe
James Judson Monroe is a painter with a lifetime interest in representational art and traditional approaches to painting. Many helpful influences that crossed Judson's path as a young man intrigued and inspired him to investigate the possibility of a traditional art education abroad. At a very young age he began his training in representational drawing after taking his first class in academic figure drawing from Charles Cecil.
Years later and still hooked, after having discovered the lack of traditional painting skills common to university art instruction, Judson decided to return to Italy. The community of classically trained artists, coupled with the country’s vast wealth of art history, proved to be the perfect environment to allow him to take on the truly hard work of painting.. To supplement his FAA education he also took classes in plein air painting and portraiture in private studios around Florence, as well as assisting with FAA’s own portrait painting workshops. Any free time he found, Judson spent traveling to art museums and sketching around the rest of Europe. After graduating from the Florence Academy of Art he went on to become their Director of Art History with a special interest in 19th century Italian painting, a fantastic era in art history he continues to passionately explore.
Upon his return to the United States Judson painted in several places for extended periods before eventually settling down in Breckenridge, CO. Currently he is focused on painting out-of-doors and composing genre scenes, while occasionally doing demos and workshops.