Jamaican Inspiration

Artist Judy Ann MacMillan captures the island on canvas. Here's a sampling of her work.

The Red Bow

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The Red Bow

"It's hard to pick a favorite painting, but I keep and grow fond of the ones in which I learned something valuable to my progress," Judy Ann says. "The Red Bow is one of those."

Montego Bay Yacht Club

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Montego Bay Yacht Club

"The sea in the Caribbean is unique in its color, but most especially in its temperature. I am completely spoiled by it."

Verandah, Rockfield

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Verandah, Rockfield

"There is a dreamlike quality to living beside the water, a softness in the air. There is a romance to it."

White Satin in Sunlight

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White Satin in Sunlight

The artist says, "I have always found the island very beautiful, beginning with my first interest: the people."

First Morning, Rockfield

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First Morning, Rockfield

"I love painting the panoramic, untouched views, like the ones at Rockfield," Judy Ann says. "They were hard to learn to do because there's almost no foreground―it's all air, water, and space."

Priory Beach

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Priory Beach

"Getting water to look real, not photographically real, but getting the paint to resemble that transparent quality of water, is so satisfying."

Bathing Beauty

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Bathing Beauty

"Portraiture is still my first love," Judy Ann says.

Priory Bay

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Priory Bay

"That connection with people, their appreciation―it's a big reason I paint," the artist explains. "Painting is to share my experience of life with the rest of the world."

Kingston Waterfront

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Kingston Waterfront

"I would paint wherever I was, but the experience is more intense in Jamaica," Judy Ann says.

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