June Dudley grew up near the small town of
Iola,Texas, in an area known as the river bottom….where the Western attitude
and ranching were lived everyday. Cowboy lore was not just stories for the artist, but
everyday life for her family. A love of the land comes naturally, and today she owns the ranch
that has been in her family for over 100 years and is recognized by the State
of Texas. Dudley cherishes the times she worked with her father on the ranch,
which also gave her an appreciation of the Western way of life.
Dudley began painting at the early age of around eight. Her
earliest inspiration came from visits with an aunt who painted. The little
artist was fascinated by the brushes and paints displayed in her aunt’s home
and longed for her own. When her wish was granted, it was a dream-come-true for
the little girl who knew she would one day become an artist.
With a combination of impressionism and realism, the
artist’s favorite subjects have become landscapes. Using a colorful palette
that brings the viewer into her scenes, Dudley also favors figurative pieces
that often include her grandchildren, other family members, and close friends.
Garden scenes are prominent in her works having observed her mother grow
beautiful flowers for as long as she can remember.