Goolsby art exhibit at Olio's

Artist Judith Goolsby's art will be hanging at Olio's in Mancos through Feb. 23. Enlargephoto

Special to the Times

Artist Judith Goolsby's art will be hanging at Olio's in Mancos through Feb. 23.

American artist Judith Goolsby was born in Louisville, Ky. in 1943 and spent her childhood under the spell of the South. She is best known for her narrative paintings with layers of color and text created from visual marks, fabric or thread, embedded in paint. Her images are primitive and naive. Poetic humor in her art reflects her view of the world.

Goolsby's art can be seen at Olio's, 114 W. Grand Ave. in Mancos. The exhibit will hang from Jan. 5 through Feb. 23.

"Judith's sense of color is so strong and she obviously sees the world differently than others do," said fellow Artist, Kim English.

Today, much of Goolsby's work is reflective, with roots in the stories, colors, and images of her past and her early childhood without her father who died in the war.

Goolsby was born artistic and continues to draw upon her ability to create "storybook paintings". Her talent to paint color on canvases, layer upon layer, until each story is complete, gives her overall body of work a magical quality. From hand painted tiles, old photographs, vintage fabric, and stitched paintings, her studio is a place for discovery.

"I see possibilities everywhere for experimenting with materials and images," said the artist. "Currently I am pushing the limits by working on a new layering technique. I use the garden hose. That's right, a hose! Paint goes on, dries slightly, then is partially hosed off, dried again, more paint, more hosing, over and over! Each textured canvas holds an element of surprise for both the artist and collector."

The private studio of Goolsby is a short drive north of the Santa Fe Plaza in Tesuque. Visitors are always welcome. Please telephone 505-986-5073 or contact her by e-mail at Her website is