Former Seymour resident recognized for paintings of still life art


Submitted Photo Lewis also submitted this painting, "All About Apples" to the Hoosier Salon exhibition.

Submitted Photo Laurie Wright specializes in making prints and operates out of a gallery/ studio on Eighth Street in Columbus.

Judith Lewis always wanted to be an artist. Even though her family encouraged her to follow other careers, and she settled on becoming an elementary school teacher, she always knew she was an artist.

Lewis stuck with teaching for 11 years while starting a family and occasionally sneaking in time for art whenever she could steal the time.

“I had the best bulletin boards in the school,” she said.

She eventually found a friend in need and worked on pen-and-ink designs for her business.

“I continually had this desire,” Lewis said. “I loved it a lot, but I never focused on it completely.”

After her two daughters grew up and moved on, she realized she had been so involved in their lives that she neglected herself.

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Lewis said. “It was a big transition.”

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