Judy Gale Roberts (1956- )
Judy Gale Roberts
For design, craftsmanship, and education in intarsia
Judy Gale Roberts was born in Houston, Texas. Following high school, she attended Houston's Museum of Fine Arts School, but eventually elected to study art "hands-on" with her artist/sculptor father, Pat Dudley Roberts. Together, they created mosaic murals, etched glass, and sculptures in metals for architects and designers. Under her father's tutelage, she learned to cut and fit wood as well as the basic elements of good design.
In 1984, Judy Gale Roberts moved to Florida with husband-to-be Jerry Booher. There she refined the design elements of her work in wood, which is a modern-day interpretation of a 15th-century Italian art form called intarsia.
The intarsia of Judy Gale Roberts differs from the original in that she sculpts each wooden piece to a third dimension by sanding. Only one species of wood--Western red cedar--provides the differing colors and tones.
The publication of Roberts' work in a national woodworking magazine brought her widespread attention in 1988. The demand for her designs gradually prompted her to refocus on the drawing board, a move that fostered an intarsia video and three instructional books. In less than a decade, her name has become synonymous with intarsia.
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