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Jude Tolar

 

 

 

Jude Tolar, PSA, IAPS/MC
 
Jude Tolar spent her childhood in SE Kansas and Bartlesville, Oklahoma exploring outdoors and drawing indoors. But she set aside drawings and doodling for a psychology degree from Oklahoma State University.
 
Art followed her, though, and led her to a long career in graphic design/illustration in OKC and Stillwater, Oklahoma. Along the way she studied fine arts/illustration at the University of Oklahoma, and wrote and illustrated children’s books.
 
In her mid-50s Jude turned to pastel painting, working mainly from life and often en plein air. Studies with Clive Tyler and other master pastelists helped her learn to paint the beauty and joy she sees in the world. She's become known for her trees and florals outdoors and glass subjects indoors.
 
Her pastel paintings have won five Best of Shows, plus awards in PleinAir Magazine’s Plein Air Salon and other national and international shows. Her work has also juried in to PSA and IAPS shows and has been named to the Pastel 100 three times by Pastel Journal magazine. One of her floral plein air pieces is in the current Pastel 100, in the April 2020 issue of Pastel Journal.
 
Jude’s been published in other art magazines and on art websites in the US and in France. Two of her pastel paintings are in the 2018 edition of The Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques. She’s also written articles for Plein Air Today/Outdoor Painter and Pastel Journal.
 
She’s shown in invitational and juried shows, and her work is in collections across the US and abroad. She also gives pastel demos and teaches workshops in various states. 
 
When not painting, Jude can be found gardening, hiking, reading, or mowing. She lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma with her husband, their gardens, and a studio full of pastels.
 
Master Circle Pastelist 
International Society of Pastel Societies
 
Signature Member
Pastel Society of America
Oklahoma Art Guild
Arizona Pastel Artists Association
 
Member
Oklahoma Pastel Society
Stillwater Art Guild
American Impressionist Society
Pastel Society of New Mexico
Women Artists of the West
 
 
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Jude Tolar

Jude Tolar

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