Judy studied Zoology at Melbourne University before a long career as a research neuroscientist, first in the USA and then in Adelaide, Australia. She began life as a full time artist in 2009, working from her Adelaide Hills studio, and botanical subjects soon became some of her favourites. Her strong motivation is to respond to and interpret the fascinating shapes and textures in nature. Judy uses graphite and coloured pencil to render both native Australian and exotic plants in larger-than-life drawings. Her scientific background provides a strong framework for the way she responds to nature, however Judy produces aesthetic interpretations rather than scientific illustrations of her environment, aiming to lure the viewer to closer inspection and respect for the world around them.
Judy has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions within Australia since 2009, and Internationally with the Pencil Art Society in Ottawa, Canada, in 2016. She has been selected as finalist in many local and national art prizes. Judy joined the Botanical Art Society of Australia in 2017 and exhibits regularly with the society, winning the Madeleine Taylor Best in Show Award in 2019 and High Commendations in 2021 and 2022. She had 3 drawings selected for the 16th Biennial of The Art of Botanic Illustration held by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne in 2022. One work received an Honourable Mention in the Celia Roster Award, and was acquired for the State Botanical Collection held at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Judy joined the American Society of Botanical Artists in 2021.