The Heroine’s Journey of Judith Peck

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  

Enjoying what I have, feeling value in the work I am doing, feeling love and giving love is my idea of perfect happiness.

What is my greatest fear?  

My greatest fear is having a large collection of my own work, dying and leaving the burden of it my children.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  

Having to have my say.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 

I most admire Odd Nerdrum, for sticking to the way he sees and not bending for popularity.

What is my greatest extravagance?  

Time in my studio, it is my mistress who is always at odds with a more balanced life.

On what occasion would I lie?  

When I paint. I believe and love the Picasso quote, “Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth”.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  

How slow I paint. It takes me going down every possible alleyway to reach my final goal, it feels like I go into battle with each painting.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  

I am always happy when I am in the discovery stage of my work, when something magical happens.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  

I wish I was taller.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  

My next painting.

Where would I most like to live? 

I love where I live right now, it is very close to world class museums, great restaurants and a diverse population.

What is my most treasured possession?

This changes because I consider myself a collector. At this moment I cherish my antique Acoma pot most. I bought it when I visited New Mexico.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m 4’11”

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Right now I‘m obsessed with Esaan, a Northern Thai Restaurant. As far as drinking, anywhere I can get my favorite beer, Duchesse De Bourgogne, a sour Flemish Ale.

What books influenced my life and how?

A book written by the poet Roger Housden, How Rembrandt Reveals your Beautiful, Imperfect Self, taught me that other people saw paintings the way I do, but the author was able put it into brilliant words. JeanChistophe by Romain Rolland confirmed to me that people are universally the same everywhere and in every time period. It was one of my Grandmother’s favorite books as well, and she didn’t read it in English. And one of my favorite books, Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love, just because it is a magically written novel, that has stayed with me.

Who are my favorite writers?

Besides the ones I just mentioned I also like anything by Caroline Myss, Elie Wiesel, the poet Seamus Heaney, Nadine Gordimer, Henry Roth, Amartya Sen, and many others.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I would want to hear the music of my loved ones laughter and voices.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My two children do it for me as they work to bring about change in the world with passion, creativity and grace and my husband who came to this country as a teenager from a totally different culture and was brave enough to forge a life with me.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

The Swedish movie, As it is in Heaven. To me, it is about the power art has to bring

people together.

What role does art play in my life and work?

Art has given my life a greater purpose and meaning.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My Husband, Duke Kim really has supported my work and travels with me to countless museums and galleries after my parent’s initial encouragements.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? 

I would like to continue my series on current times. 

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

I have pieces in some permanent public collections, and hope to be in and attend some major shows.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

Someone will have to carry my cold, dead body out of my studio.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

I would like to read Turid Spildo’s story, she is a painter and happens to be Odd Nerdrum’s wife.

How can you contact me?

Through my website,

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