Art by Judith Skillman

oil painting of sea waves
"Sea and Sky"
oil painting of sea
"Storied Sea"
oil painting of vase


Judith Skillman paints expressionist works in oil on canvas. She is interested in feelings engendered by the natural world. Her art has appeared in Cloud Lake Literary, Artemis, The Penn Review, and other journals. Skillman has studied at McDaniel College, Pratt Fine Arts Center and Seattle Artist League. Shows include The Pratt and Galvanize. You can find her online on Saatchi Art, Etsy, and her personal website.

Artist's note

I have admired the Greek myths since I first read poet and writer Robert Graves compendium in two volumes. His commentary helped me understand the myriad gods and goddesses. The storm and high tide in “Sea and Sky” evokes Poseidon, god of waves. “Storied Sea” has a slight cream frame along the upper right hand corner and top edge. I used a palette knife for these swells to create the overwhelming immensity and power of the ocean. “Vessel,” like the others, was done with oil on canvas. It’s a single-handled traditional Greek vase. I struggle with still life, but tried to find—by repeated layering up of impasto paint and scraping away—the spirit of an amphora.