After graduating with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, Judy Rand took a position teaching at Bowie State College. During her summers off, she discovered she had a passion for woodworking. Judy spent the next year experimenting with various woods on woodturning equipment, making small bowls and vases. In 1977, she decided to see what of her collection she could sell at the Artists in Action program on Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian Mall. She made $47 on her first day and decided then and there that woodworking was what she wanted to do with her life. Judy has been earning her living as a woodworker since she left her job teaching in 1980. Her work has gone through numerous style changes ranging from Art Nouveau to sophisticated folk. Judy creates beautiful wall art from her home studio in West Virginia. Her dramatic landscapes are enhanced by subtle colors and meticulous details hand-worked in wood.
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