Judith Kazdym Leeds is a internationally known award winning artist who has created over 3,000 book jackets including the classic book, THE COLOR PURPLE. Her work has appeared in both national and international magazines having won numerous prestigious awards and medals. She was named by PRINT Magazine, in its 40 year Design Retrospective, as being among the elite group of artists who had created the most innovative designs in the United States.
Judith paints portraits, still lives and landscapes in both pastels and oils. Her work has appeared in many venues throughout the United States. She has received numerous awards and medals including Best of Show four times from the PASTEL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY and is a Signature Member of that organization. She's had the honor of being elected a Signature member of the PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA and was chosen as their featured artist for May 2017. Her work has also been in The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PASTEL SOCIETIES annual juried shows. She has received a fourth place award and an honorable mention from the PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA. Judith also received a First Place Award from the PASTEL SOCIETY OF THE WEST COAST, she was a Finalist in the RICHESON 75 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION a Finalist in ARTIST'S MAGAZINE'S 35th ANNUAL COMPETITION and her work was twice chosen by HOW TO PASTEL as an outstanding pastel of the month. She also received the AUDUBON ARTIST'S 70th Annual Silver Medal of Honor. Her work is in the permanent collection of the MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. ( full list of awards available )
" Judith's art reflect "her up-beat, colorful and personal view of the world around us."
" I especially love painting people in their personal comfort zones. People have their lives etched into their faces. To me that is true beauty. It's the intimate moments that define a life and I try to capture these fleeting impressions in my paintings."
Judith graduated cum laude from Boston University's School of Fine Arts. She lives in Montville, New Jersey and served for six years as Program Director on the Board of the Pastel Society of New Jersey.
Her work can be found in both public and private collections.