Originally from Danville, Illinois, Judy Kushner moved to Louisville after visiting the state and falling in love with Kentucky’s landscape. She left a banking career when her daughter was born in 1988 and decided to work part-time. Kushner experimented with painting on silk and became enthralled with the material.
Her first item was a silk necktie given to a friend at Christmas and before long she was selling silk ties and scarves to commercial stores. Each racing season Judy creates newly designed pieces with horse imagery, some of which are given by corporations such as VISA, Alltech, and YUM Brands.
Kushner’s silk painting is inspired by nature, horses, racing and her overall love of color. She begins the process by drawing images on paper. Then she uses liquid water-based resist to copy the image onto the silk. Kushner then mixes liquid dyes to achieve the range of colors she wants, and applies the dye with brushed onto the silk, much like one would with watercolors.
Kushner is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen, Sheltowee Artisans and the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft.
Judy’s work can be found at the Artique, Lexington, KY, in specialty shops and at numerous Kentucky State Parks; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.