Judith Gale Mont was born in New York City in 1989 and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. From early childhood, she pursued a professional tennis career. After ten years of intense training, she decided to take a different path to foster her creative energies by focusing on art. She became involved in naturalist activities such as hiking, tending to gardens, and taking many trips to the beach. Judith’s lifelong interest in the environmental world serves as the lens in which she envisions and creates her art.
Although Judith had little formal art training, she was accepted into The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012. She recalls that, “at that time I had decided to fully devote myself to my passion for everything art.” As a result, Judith quickly developed her skills in many different mediums including painting, mixed-media, installations, and photography. This has led to multiple exhibitions around New York City and photographic credits for books on various eclectic topics such as Art Deco vanity items, biographies, and “The Wonder shell: Spondylus americanus.”
Adding to her prior interest in the natural world, she has been involved in The Molluscan Science Foundation, Inc.; a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our coral reefs. As Vice President of this organization, her work has led to designing and administering educational materials to stimulate the interest of young children for seashells and our oceans. This involvement has led to the subjects of her recent artwork, which has incorporated seashells and other maritime subjects.
Mont's latest work, “Hidden Wonders” is inspired by the molluscan seashell’s multitude of colors, patterns, and textures. As a conservationist and environmental advocate, her oceanic paintings come full circle in reinforcing the educational programs that espouse to “saving our global environment.” By channeling her passionate conservation mission into her art she, explains, "These hidden sources of wonder are gradually disappearing. With the devastation of coral reefs worldwide, mankind is losing some of its most precious spectacles.”
Mont’s work mirrors the intricacies of aquatic organisms and re-creates their small scale onto large canvases. “My intrigue led me below the waters into the fascinating world of molluscan life. I have spotlighted this beauty through close examination interlaced with imagination.” Her oceanic paintings captivate viewers though hypnotic designs and brilliant colors. As you gaze upon these works, Judith would like you to keep in mind that all of this would not be possible without the inspiration of our natural world. We must cherish and protect the environment in order to preserve its life and beauty.