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 over a forty year period.
Judith paints portraits, still lives and landscapes in both pastels and oils. Her work has garnered many awards, medals and honors some of which are: Elected a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, Elected into the International Association of Pastel Societies' Master Circle, a Fourth Place and Honorable Mention from the Portrait Society of America, a Finalist in Artist's Magazine Annual Competition, a First Place and Second Place Award from the Pastel Society of the West Coast, a Finalist in Richeson75 International Exhibition, Audubon Artist's 70th Annual Silver Medal of Honor, Four Best in Show from the Pastel Society of New Jersey among many others. She was selected as the monthly featured artist for the Pastel Society of America. Her work has appeared in the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Ct. and is in the permanent collection of the Mayo Performing Arts Center. She is
an Elected Member of The Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY.
She gives workshops and demonstrations throughout the United States.
" 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 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.