Inside Studio 105

The Paintings of Judith McRae, BFA

Still Life

Still Life

Figure Paintings

Figure Study

Landscape Paintings


Other Collections

Other Collections

Artist Statement

Artist Statement


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Judith can be contacted by e-mail at or by telephone at 587-999-7153. The studio is located at #105, 1811 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta.

Current and Recent Shows

Marion Bridge - January 30-February 4th, 2018, Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons

"Looking Up" started at Dalhousie Mennonite Community Church on January 29th, 2018. This is a group exhibition with the Emmaus Fine Art Group.

"Reflections of the Year" is at Avenue Church. It started on December 1st, 2017.This is a group exhibition with the Emmaus Fine Art Group.

"Summer Art" started iat First Lutheran Church on October 6th, 2017, and will continue until some time in January. If you are interested in acquiring any of these works, please contact me and we will arrange a pick-up day after the end of the show. This is a group exhibition with the Emmaus Fine Art Group.

"Summer Themes" is in two parts - part one started at Dalhousie Mennonite Community Church on June 16th, 2017 and finished on September 25th, 2017,and the second part started at Avenue Church on June 23rd, 2017, and will be up until we mount the second part of "Summer Art." This is a group exhibition with the Emmaus Fine Art Group.

Previous Shows


Judith McRae was born in Calgary, in 1961. She was educated at the Alberta College of Art in two periods - a diploma in Painting which she earned in 1984, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which she earned in 2004.

She has maintained a working art studio since 1984. She has been affiliated with a number of arts organizations, including the Calgary Burns Society, Off Centre Centre, and TRUCK: an artist-run centre. She is currently involved with The Emmaus Group. The Emmaus Group meets on Friday mornings at the MacLeod Farmer's Market. You can also make a private appointment at the Studio to view and purchase Judith's artwork. Most of the artwork is already framed, and shipping prices will reflect that fact. Shipping is not included - we will figure out what the cost of shipping is, when we get to that point. If you live in Southern Alberta, you will find it a lot easier just to come to the Studio and pick up your paintings.

The best way to get hold of Judith is by e-mail. Judith is typically available for appointments on Fridays and Saturdays.

The studio is currently located at #105 1811 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta. It's been at this location since May of 1999.

You can often see Judith's artwork at First Lutheran Church, Avenue Church, and at Dalhousie Mennonite Community Church.

Artist Statement

I have been inspired by German Expressionism and by Romantic Realism. I like the Impressionists, especially Paul Cezanne, and I like Emily Carr and the Group of Seven, along with other Great Canadians of the West. I own a small collection of famous Canadian paintings and drawings which I inherited from my father. These works, which reside in our dining room, are my daily inspiration.

Sometimes it's just about getting the form, the colour, the proportion, and the light to look right. I'm not very good at eyeballing that sort of thing, and I've discovered a way to cheat. The look of my current works is the result of my method of cheating. My subject matter is related to the events of my daily life - my work, the practice of my Catholic faith, the drama of my family life, and my interactions with friends, as well as my encounters with the dramatic story-telling of the Fire Exit Theatre, among other exciting assignments from the Emmaus Group.

Practical Matters

Click on the menu items above and browse through the collections - if you like something, send me an e-mail to arrange for payment and pick-up. Most of the pieces are small enough to transport in any ordinary car. If you don't see anything you like, send me your idea, and we'll discuss it. I am currently updating the web site. In several years, no one has ever used the PayPal option, so I'm gradually phasing it out. I can take cheques or cash, and my PayPal account can take any major credit card, or else cash from your PayPal account.

Most people prefer to buy their art in person, by making an appointment at the Studio or at a location of their choice, and that's easier for me, too, so I've decided that we're just going with that. If you encounter any broken links please feel free to let me know. I am not a "bot," and I will respond.

I'm working full time right now, so I'm in the studio on weekends, normally.. It usually takes me about a week or so to finish a painting, depending on the size and subject matter. Larger, more complicated pieces take longer, of course. I'm currently using acrylic paint on canvas, or else oil pastels on paper. Due to a lack of height in my current studio, my pieces tend to be relatively small.