Judy Stach’s paintings reflect an intimate understanding of life along the shore, with seascapes and landscapes coming alive with children at play, sailboats breezing by and gardeners lovingly tending flowers. Her paintings are displayed in public, private and corporate collections nationwide and in Europe and her works have been featured in publications, including The New York Times and The Artist’s Magazine, since 1999. She is an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club and Audubon Artists both in New York City. She holds Signature Status in the American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Florida. Judy is also the founder of The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast. She has studied with some of America’s finest artists including renowned artist and author, Richard Schmid, as well as other classically trained artists including Timothy R. Thies, David Leffel and Anthony Ventura. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she currently resides in Little Silver with winter breaks in Vero Beach, FL.


Her work is represented locally in the Frederick Gallery, Spring Lake and the Veranda Gallery, Fair Haven. She is also represented by West Wind Fine Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


More About Judy

When Judy Stach is not out painting, she can be found working in her garden or walking on the beach. Explains Judy, “Whenever I can, I spend my time outdoors, basking in the light. Where there’s light, there’s life. And like the light, life can be so fleeting. So, I long to capture every moment- the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, the colors.


“That’s why I love painting in Nature. It’s where I feel most alive.”


A lifelong resident of New Jersey and founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Judy’s intimate understanding of life along the shore is reflected in her seascapes and landscapes which come alive with children at play, sailboats breezing by, and gardeners lovingly tending flowers.


Throughout her adult life, Judy has studied with some of America’s finest teachers, including privately with Anthony Ventura and with David Leffel at the Art Students League in New York. In 1998, Judy began studying with classically trained and accomplished artist Timothy R. Thies who introduced her to the world of plein air painting. Timothy and Judy often painted side by side, celebrating the beauty of varied landscapes in New Jersey, Idaho, Vermont, Arizona, and Florida. Over their years of painting together, Timothy and Judy developed a special mentor-student bond. He once said of her work, “Judy Stach’s work is full of color and lively with impressionistic brushwork. Her love of Nature and especially her rendering of water are evident as is her passion for the light that fills her work.”


In July 2011, Judy was selected by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art as the only artist to display her work along side her husband Timothy’s in a show called “A Passion for Light” – a tribute to Timothy’s life and influence as a teacher. Timothy passed away in April of 2010.


In addition to plein air painting with Timothy and her group in New Jersey, Judy has expressed her passion for painting outdoors throughout Florida with the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Florida, a Signature Member of Audubon Artists, New York, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and an Artist member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York City.


In 2003, Judy received a rare invitation from internationally renowned painter Richard Schmid to paint with a group of artists known as the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney and on location in southern Vermont. In May 2009, Judy was one of six nationally recognized artists invited to exhibit her work in “Richard Schmid and His Influence: Childhood Innocence” at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Judy was once asked by Richard what she would paint if she only had time for one more painting and she replied, “Water, filled with reflections of life. Wind to take me wherever I need to go- and light to guide me there.”


Most recently, two of Judy’s works were featured on two covers of Jersey Shore Vacations, 2011. Her work has also appeared in The Artist’s Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur; and on the cover of the Commonwealth Courier and the cover of the Jersey Shore Magazine. In 2008, Judy’s work was honored with a prize in “The Best of (Florida) Artist Series.” Judy is a profiled artist in 2008-11 editions of Who’s Who in America Art. In addition, her biography is found in the Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of the US.


About the Artist and Painting Paradise

“I start every day in prayer.” The world is such a beautiful place that I find it hard to choose what to select and where to start when I begin a painting. The camera helps me to decide. It puts a frame around all that my senses take in. However, the light and color can only be captured on location or en plein air.”


A New Jersey native, she has lived most of her life on or around water. In recent years, with the purchase of a home in Vero Beach, she has spent time painting the intense colors that occur in Florida during the winter and the more subdued but equally compelling tones that the dreariest winter months produce in the North. The result has been a softer palette that has become a major direction in her work.


“God is indeed the most powerful of artists. His “paintings” and color combinations are lessons I seek to learn every waking hour.”


When asked which season or time of the day is best to paint, her response indicates the positive and uplifting mood that pervades her work and her life. “I paint because it gives me life. I feel that there is another life that lives within me that only comes out when I am in the process of painting. The most perfect time is when the spirit moves me. If one looks for beautiful things and colors they can easily be found at any time of day and in every season. However, I focus more on the light of day than on nocturnal scenes because I feel more a part of life in the light than in darkness.”



Mount Ida Chamberlain College, Newton MA, Associate of Arts with Honors


Juried Exhibitions and Awards

• Childhood Innocence, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 2009
• Award Fifth Annual Bayonet Farm and Art Festival, Holmdel, NJ 2008
• Impressionism to Realism Guild of Creative Art Shrewsbury, NJ 2005,2006,2007,2008
• Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, New York, 2006, 2007, 2008
• Adam Kennedy Best of Artists Publications
• Peoples Choice Award November/December on line exhibit 2007
• Art by the Sea, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 2005,2006
• American Impressionist Society, Juried Show, 2004 (FL), 2005 (NM)
• The American Artists Professional League, Summer Exhibition, NY 2004
• The Boulder (CO) Art Association National Juried Show 2003
• Progress Energy Florida Invitational 2003
• Guild of Creative Art (NJ) 10th Annual Juried Show 2002,2005,2006,2007,2008
• 2002 Florida Invitational, Main Street Gallery, Perry, Florida
• The OCAG (NJ) 18th Juried Show 2002
• The New Jersey Chapter of the American Artists Professional League, 2000 State Show
• The Artist’s Magazine, Landscape Competition 2000, Second Place
• Seventh Annual Open New Jersey State Show 1998
• Monmouth County (NJ) Arts Council Juried Show 1998, 2004
• Sixth Annual Open New Jersey State Show 1997
• Island Heights (NJ) Art Guild 1997
• Ocean County (NJ) Arts Center Regional Show 1996


Media and Publications

• What is Plein Air Painting (Judy Stach guest speaker), Horticultural Center, Middletown, NJ, July 2009
• Fine Art Connoisseur, Richard Schmid & His Influence, May/June 2009
• Hometown News, “Painting and Fishing under the Barber Bridge”’ November 2008
• The Overlook Vero Beach Florida “Orchid is transformed to a Beachside Haven for Artists, April 2008
• Milestones Fall Winter “Adding Color and Life to a Very Important Place”, 2008
• Monmouth Health and Life Magazine, “Art VS. Cancer”, July 2007
• The Two River Times, “In The Arts Section” Plein Air Painters Exhibition July 2007
• The Two River Times, “Two River People” Section “Opening of the Art Gallery At the Jacqueline Wilentz Brest Center”, June 2007
• Vero Beach Magazine, “Local Artist invited to Paint at Epcot Festival”, October 2005
• Plein Air Magazine, “Plein Air Scout”, December, 2004; “Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast – Sea of Dreams”, January, 2005
• Two River Times, “Two River People” Section, 2003. Also a feature on the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast in 2004
• The Colts Neck Journal (NJ), “Guild of Creative Art Features Three Artists in July” 2003
• Listed artist in The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of the US
• Two River Times (Red Bank, NJ), “Observations and Interpretations” 2001
• The Hub (Red Bank, NJ), Zest for Living Section, “Painting pictures, teaching artists, shaping lives” 2000. Also a feature on the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast in 2004
• The Artist’s Magazine, “Artists on the Rise” 2000
• Asbury Park Press (NJ), Featured story “Different Strokes” 1999


Exhibitions and Galleries

• Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, NJ, July 2009
• Salmagundi Club, Richard Schmid & His Influence, New York, NY, 2009
• Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists Annual Show, New York, NY, 2006, 2007,2008
• Veranda Fine Art and Gift Gallery Fair Haven New Jersey, 2007 to present
• Meghan Candler Gallery in Vero Beach, FL 2005 to present
• Main Street Gallery, Manasquan, NJ 2000 to present
• Charlotte Flinn Gallery, Vero Beach, FL 2002 to 2005
• Hall of Records, Freehold, NJ 2002, 2003
• Poricy Park (NJ) Nature Center, featured artist 1998
• Guild of Creative Art, Solo Show 1998
• Jersey Shore Medical Center 2000
• Guild of Creative Art, Master Tony Ventura and Students Show 2000
• The Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY 2000, 2001
• Guild of Creative Art, Solo Show 2001
• Guild of Creative Art (NJ), Two Woman Show 2003
• Guild of Creative Art (NJ), Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, 2004
• Backus Gallery, Ft. Pierce, FL 2004


Associations and Affiliations

• Plein Air Florida, Signature Member
• Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast (FL)
• The Guild of Creative Art (NJ) Exhibiting Member and past Board Member
• Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast LLC, Founder
• Oil Painters of America, New York Chapter
• Audubon Artists Signature Member, NY,NY
• Chatham Center for the Arts Chatham, Mass.
• Monmouth County (NJ) Arts Council ( past Board Member)
• Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (NY)
• Visual Arts League, East Brunswick (NJ)
• Salmagundi Club, Artist Member (NY)
• The American Artists Professional League Inc, (NY)
• American Impressionistic Society, Vero Beach (FL)
• Vero Beach Art Club (FL)
• Museum of Art, Vero Beach (FL)


Selected Corporate & Private Collections

• Mr. & Mrs. Colin Flinn, Sanibel, FL
• Mrs. Carlota Busch Webster, Pasadena, CA, Palm Beach, FL
• Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rotchford, Rumson, NJ
• Dr. & Mrs. Ronald McDonald, Monmouth Beach, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. David Struve, Arlington, VA
• Red Bank Capital, Red Bank, NJ
• Hon. Donald Steckroth & Virginia Bauer, Red Bank, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. Frank Shanley, Rumson, NJ
• Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Cheslock, Little Silver, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. Michael Seaman, Rumson, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. John Liang, Rumson, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Turchyn, Little Silver, NJ
• Mr. & Mrs. Champlin Sheridan, Baltimore, MD
• Mr. & Mrs. Donald Geary, Allentown, PA
• Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Thies, Coeur D’Alene, ID
• Osprey Partners Investment Management, LLC, Shrewsbury, NJ
• The Parker Clinic, Red Bank, NJ
• Mr.&Mrs. Anthony Webster Killington Vermont
• Senator &Mrs. Francis Kelly, Orchid Fla.
• Mr& Mrs. James Maguire, Orchid Fla
• Dr.& Mrs Peter Marrocco Cinncinnati, OH
• Mr &Mrs. Jason Brown, Folsom, Ca
• Mount Ida Chamberlin College, Newton, MA, Permanent Collection
• The Monmouth Medical Center, “The Jacqueline Wilentze Brest Care Center”, Partner with the Barnabus Health Foundation, Long Branch, NJ, Permanent Collection