Truro Art Society

Judy Hardiman

Artist Bio

Judy Hardiman was born in Truro, Nova Scotia. She moved to Toronto at a very early age; and while there, Judy was first introduced to the art world by her Grade 5 teacher, Mrs Ozart. Her class met A. Y. Jackson who was living at the home of Robert and Signe McMichael – now the McMichael Collection Art Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario. Judy was moved by the colours and shapes of the Group of Seven Painters along with the paintings of Emily Carr.

Judy’s family returned to Truro, Nova Scotia in 1974 where she graduated from the Cobequid Educational Centre in 1977. The next year, Judy was married and spent the next 32 years moving around the country while her husband served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Although Judy admired the arts for several years, she did not begin painting until 2005 while she was living in Ottawa. Inspired by her artist friend, Linda Quevillion, Judy decided to turn her love of art into a new adventure. While in Ottawa, she was a regular visitor of the National Gallery of Canada and several local art galleries where she studied the works of local and national artists. Being a new painter at the time and self-taught, this was a wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired.

Judy enjoys painting in acrylics and is continually trying new techniques and subject matter as she discovers her own style. She is drawn to quilt patterns, windows, trees, colour and pattern – all of which find their way into her paintings. Judy is inspired by artists such as Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Bo Bartlett, Andrew Wyeth and Mario Varguez.

In 2009, Judy began to photograph various subject matter for her painting and found that she had discovered another love – photography. Judy is fascinated with revealing the beauty in ordinary objects and she does this successfully in her photography. Judy also enjoys drawing using the App Procreate on her iPad.

Judy now lives in Valley, Nova Scotia along with her husband, Jim. She has two daughters, and two grandchildren.


  • Painting with Acrylics
  • Photography
  • Digital Drawing


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