Judy Dahl is originally from the foothills of Southern Alberta. Her work is heavily influenced by the Western Canadian landscape and lifestyle. Her love of art and photography started early. By the age of five, she was riding horses, feeding cows, and in her spare time, drawing them. She draws what is in her backyard, or what she sees on a drive through the foothills. Judy is influenced by the Western Canadian landscape. By the age of 12, she was given a Kodak Brownie camera and was taking pictures and drawing everything that she would come across in her daily life. Flowers, horses, landscapes and sky-scapes were some of her favourite subjects. Judy’s photographic artistry and artistic works developed quickly. By the time she was in her 20s her skills as an artist and photographer were in professional demand.
Judy’s photographs and artwork have been published in newspapers, magazines, trade papers, and books around the world.
Today, one of only a few Canadians to be accredited in both livestock and equine photography, Judy still shoots (and draws) some of the world’s most famous award-winning horses. Her portfolio has now expanded to include photos, drawings and paintings of old barns and empty elevators, abandoned houses and deserted farm yards, dilapidated outhouses and forgotten machinery – mementos of lives and industry now past. Judy’s extensive collection serves as a historic reference, and the photos are often used to find subjects and concepts for her art work. Judy works in pencil, watercolor, oil and acrylic and mixed media.