FrameSource Artist Of The Month
Judie Popplewell March 2013
Judie Popplewell (nee Vandezande) studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design, through Continuing Education, while at the same time, building her career in marketing and raising her family with husband Jim.
She has experimented with different mediums, but oil is definitely her preference. Favourite subjects, to paint, include ranch scenes and heavy horses. Her keen sense of horse anatomy comes from spending a lifetime surrounded by these beautiful animals. She also takes time to complete a few commissions of pets each year.
Judie and Jim developed and managed an equestrian facility called ‘Sandpiper Stables’ in 1976. The facility housed 80 to 100 horses. They consider this the biggest challenge they ever faced, and also one that opened many doors to the future. Judie is an avid horsewoman having competed in eventing and hunter/jumper shows. She enjoys riding several times a week and enjoys just being with her horse, Daz.
Her work has been accepted in prestigious shows such as the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Western Art Show, The American Academy of Equine Art in Lexington KY, the Toronto Royal Fair, Spruce Meadows Red Ribbon Agrium (Best of Shows 1997), the Edmonton Western Art and trappings Show and Harness Tracks of America. Her involvement in The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show has been career changing, having participated every year since 1995.
To view more of Judie’s work, visit Rustica Gallery in Cochrane, The Homequarter Pie Shop in Cochrane, Frontier Western Shop in Claresholm and Aisling Interior in High River.
Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections and you can visit her website at: