Artist Info

Judith Horsley

I started painting in my 40s as a result of a chance meeting with someone who was setting up an art group. Media, style and subject matter have all changed over the years – now I paint mostly with acrylics but enjoy experimenting with different techniques: collage, inks and alternatives to brushes such as twigs, card or palette knives. I most enjoy painting the fells in all weathers, sketching in situ and finishing in the studio. I was born in Ambleside and, growing up in Westmorland, I have always enjoyed fell walking and rock climbing.

As well as being a member of Ambleside & District Art Society, I am also in the Green Door Studio Collective based in Kendal and take part each year in their Art Trail. I have exhibited at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Grasmere, Kendal Museum, the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, and at Low Sizergh Barn, Kendal.

I found Katherine Holmes an inspirational teacher when I attended one of her courses a few years ago, and another influence has been Mike Bernard. I also greatly admire Kurt Jackson, and also the work of my daughter, Freya, a professional artist from whom I have learnt much. One of our greatest pleasures is painting on the fells together, sharing our love of walking and mountains and trying to capture something of this in art.


Mixed media.


Mountains and the natural world.