June Dudley grew up in the country near the small town of
Iola, Texas, in an area known locally as the river bottom, a place where she
has cherished memories of family and rural values….where the Western attitude
and ranching were lived everyday. Cowboy lore was not just stories for the artist, but
everyday life for her family. Her father worked cattle, and it was not unusual
for Dudley and her sister to ride horses all day working as "cowhands” on
the range. 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. With
no canvases to be had at the time, the budding artist used cardboard. 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.
As a student of the late, great Western landscape painter,
Bob Wygant, Dudley so admires his style and considers him to be the major
influence in her love of painting the Western way of life. The artist
continually photographs and sketches her subject matter and paints in acrylics.
Weather permitting, Dudley delights in plein air painting; however, she creates
most of her works in her home studio that affords a great north light. Painting
the world she has always known, Dudley says, "I guess I paint what I am.”
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.