About the Artist

Judy Choate is a Featured Artist at the Wilde Meyer Gallery in Tucson Arizona.


My art is created by picturing in my mind what I have observed in our travels across the Southwest and setting it down on canvas my way. Each canvas is a mystery journey and exploration. Brush strokes, color, shapes, and negative spaces working together to create vistas to explore and enjoy.

As I start each painting, I am actually starting to create a puzzle which I then have to solve, as far as shapes, balance, colors, perspective and a little logic.

Once you view the selection of paintings, you will likely agree.

Judy captures the restless movement of earth’s skies along with the serenity and the power of timeless land formations by weaving shapes with brilliant colors and energetic brush strokes.

Judy Choate was born in Wisconsin, but raised in Eureka, California. During her teenage years, her family moved to the San Francisco Bay area. She finished her last year of high school in Redwood City and attended the College of San Mateo.

Judy joined United Airlines as a flight attendant and worked with that company for 18 years. While working with United, she met her husband, a pilot for the company. They have lived in Maryland, Nevada and now Arizona for the past 14 years.

Even though Judy had taken some classes in drawing and watercolor through the years, she believes that the most important and influential courses were the classes she enjoyed while living in Sedona before moving to Tucson. Judy also feels that her “art awakening” happened in 2006 when she worked on closing a deceased aunt’s estate. Her aunt had been an artist in San Mateo and then Santa Monica for many years. Judy was surrounded and lived with her aunt’s work for that month.

It was in June 2008 that Judy started painting with acrylics on canvas for the first time and discovered her way of art, which has been totally self-taught and continues to evolve. In September of 2008, Jim and Pat Ratliff asked her if she would like to be represented in their gallery.Judy had her first show in the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona that December and seven subsequent shows since then.