Judith Barath
Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Painting "California Coastline Wildflowers"

Traveling with me on California Hwy 1 wouldn't be much fun for everybody.  I feel the urge to stop and take pictures at every vista and absorb the amazing aura of the views. This subject always excites me, so after elaborating in the cold Midwest weather of what would cheer me up, I have decided to paint this  60"x40" canvas, "California Coastline Wildflowers". The beauty of these bright colored wildflowers, the rhythm of the rugged sand formations with the calming turquoise waves flattening out on the sandy beach makes me feel like the liberation of all distress. Even if I am not the only artist who is touched by that scenery I feel a strong personal connection to that landscape. I hope to convey my enthusiasm with the finished painting.

  Judith paints

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Judith, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. 

One event pops into my mind. I was playing ‘art contest’ with my older girlfriend (we were four and six years old respectively). I still feel my excitement, responsiveness, and the challenge when I saw her painting was better than mine. Even though she won that competition, the eagerness to be a good artist was ignited within me. 

After I received my degree in applied graphic arts, I started to work as a freelance designer. The timing was lucky because, towards the end of the 70s and early 80s, the socialist Hungary allowed an individual freedom for artists rather than the mandatory full-time jobs. I moved to the USA leaving a lucrative career in my home country due to my husband’s unique work situation. It took several years to rebuild my career. With enough perseverance, I have gained several assignments growing my clientele year by year. I worked as a graphic designer and for some period as an art director creating corporate identity packages, posters, illustrating children’s books or promotion designs for McDonald’s first in Los Angeles and then from 1995 in Chicago. 

After I retired in early 2000 from designing works, I preferred to indulge in conveying my observations in multiple art media. I consider various art mediums as a host of vessels to experience different journeys through the same path; i.e., my personal view of life. My art teacher used to say, “Grasp all lose all,” an adage I agree with in general, but couldn’t apply in my art world. With an insatiable thirst for diversification in art, I walk around on earth in an observation mode and treasure the kaleidoscope of colors, shades, lights, people, and nature and also consider many common art techniques fascinatingly intriguing. 

Digital art involvement started right after I moved to the USA when a friend introduced me to one of the earliest Apple computers. Since then, I was enamored by the infinite options it offered and the miracle of fixing a mistake with a mere “⌘Z. The first digital artworks of sensual woman figures have won me my fulltime art director job in Los Angeles as well as later exhibitions in New York Galleries. 

Oil painting was a natural choice since childhood that I deem the perfect amalgamation of traditional and contemporary art. Art came naturally to me as I grew up in an art environment; my father was also a painter and continues to paint today at the age of 95. 
Since my dream studio was built in 2003, I paint regularly. From the sense of urgency eminent in the depiction of colorful San Francisco buildings to the fast-paced traffic in Budapest or to the abundant shapes of various plants in our suburban garden, each painting reflects the essence of a place and the feelings I experienced at that moment. I intend to create a sense of timelessness in space creating abstract dimension by unique application of color and light. 

With bold brushstrokes, a beautiful cacophony of colors and the usage of light, I try to replicate the rawness of emotions on my paintings. Every stroke, curve, and color on the canvas transcends naturalism and goes into a realm beyond to convey the healing power of nature that has been the subject of my interest for a long time. I use bright colors in a contemporary, impressionistic style, sometimes painting with a brush or using the impasto technique. In the last couple of years, cityscapes became my preferred subjects above the many landscapes I have painted as my travels and favorite places that got so close to my heart. 

During the dark month of the Midwest winter, I recently started to create smaller abstract works where I could almost mindlessly express feelings of power with vibrant colors and exuberant patterns that radiate sparks of positive energy. My intention with these abstract works was to find a breakdown of harmony, hues, and rhythm in the chaos around us. The purpose of my art is to inspire a desire in people to view life through a more profound lens, with a positive perspective and outlook. 

My interest in photography started before art school when I was working at the Hungarian Film Company. I have had the chance to test my hands on the most advanced techniques and equipment of the time. However, it took a couple of decades to when our family could afford the best cameras again. I have been an avid photographer since the 2000s, rarely leaving home without a camera. Since then, I have harbored a deep wanderlust, extensively traveling the world with my husband too far off destinations. I feel lucky for the opportunity to discover so many different cultures, natural wonders, and people around the globe, enabling me to accumulate such a unique spectrum of photography portfolio. 

After retiring, I participated in several international exhibitions, local galleries and solo shows around my Oak Brook home. Lately, I focus more on my website and online galleries that lend me greater freedom for traveling. Staying abreast of the online requirements keeps me on my toes, but I have always been interested in these challenges. 

I grew up in an art school where my father used to work and from where I acquired my art degree later. (Moholy Nagy University of Applied Arts). Many of our friends were painters; I carved princesses in my bed’s headboard with my girlfriends at sleepovers; I sew my dolls; I participated in many children art competitions including with a yearlong TV art competition where I bagged the first prize at the age of 14; In essence, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but art! 

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome? 
After we moved to Los Angeles from Budapest, starting my career from scratch in a new country, building contacts and finding freelance work to be able to take care of our 4-year old child at the time, was time-consuming. Reestablishing myself as an artist in a competitive world was not an easy task. 

After many years of struggle, things started to improve for us. Now my daughter is a lawyer at a prominent firm in San Francisco, my husband has successfully settled with his invention, and I am proud to have online customers, allowing me to revel in the true spirit of art. 

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Judith Barath Arts – what should we know? 
Judith Barath Arts specializes in three different mediums owing to my versatility, which is uncommon to admit in the world of marketing art. I paint, do digital art and photography. Each field represented on my website, judithbaratharts.com with its corresponding gallery. I believe all three have merits of their own and lend me a different canvas on which to paint my view of the world. Leveraging the plethora of online website options available, I present my work on my personal website, through FineArtAmerica (Pixels), as well as through social media, mainly Facebook. 

My original paintings are available to order online through my own website and many different print products on judithbarathoil.pixels.com. 

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success? 
• One of the crucial aspects of the art business above innate talent is probably reliability. A sloppy artist is not a good employee in the deadline-driven designer world. Gaining trust requires a lot of constant work and attention to details. A sense for clean, well-organized presentation always helped me in dealing with clients or designing my web pages. 

• Having a positive attitude, perseverance, and openness for new opportunities or technology is necessary for significant accomplishment. I have met many artists who didn’t want to learn the computer and later fall behind of much less talented colleges. Finding and conquer new challenges power up the soul and fuel for achievements, I think. All above having friends who inspire you and a supportive family is a definitive plus. 

Contact Info: 
Website: www.judithbaratharts.com 
Phone: 630 430 2248 
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/art.JBA/?view_public_for=150167831706184 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudithBarath 
Other: https://judithbarathoil.pixels.com/

Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

There Is Always Hope

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I took this picture on a beautiful sunny day at Grace Bay beach a couple of weeks after hurricanes, Maria and Irma swept through Turks and Caicos. The image background with the turned roots was changed to B&W juxtaposing with the strikingly colorful umbrella.

Visiting Caicos have always been very uplifting for me, but after the hurricanes I was worried. Fortunately, my friend's house survived without significant damage.  I still was concerned what happened to the trees and plants on the island. Homes can be rebuilt soon, but the trees need time to regrow. Somehow nature corrects the disasters. After some rainy days, the smaller plants have come to life, and flowers bloom all around. The beach was still quite, much fewer people dare to travel to Caicos. There were damaged trees and turned roots waiting for bulldozing in some areas. Still, life goes on and there are people who bring hope to everywhere.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:00

Budapest the Beautiful

Budapest is one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in Europe. In the past decade while visiting my parents I regularly photographed the city and accumulated a huge collection of unique images. This video presents of some of my favorite ones especially the inner city and the amazing views of the illuminated architecture and bridges of the Danube. I admire the beauty of that city, my hometown. Watching that video I hope you get the sense of it too.

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Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Springtime Video

The rebirth of flowers, the colorful blooming trees, the fresh green leaves and the promise of more light is uplifting my spirit every spring. I hope you enjoy this collection of spring photography.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Sense of Harbors From around the World

This collection of harbor scenes presents photographs I took during my travels around the world. The colorful types of machinery; the textures of ropes and different materials used by fishermen; the reflections on water, the various shapes of small boats or large ship elements captured my attention wherever I traveled. 

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Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

The Lost Antigua Photographs

Having a backup of your files has never caused anybody any trouble.

Not having a backup of your files in cases where you lose the original ones, however, has caused lots of people a lot of trouble!

This is why the sooner you get yourself into the habit of always backing up your files the better it is. The reason for the emergency is actually pretty simple. You never know when a sneaky computer virus sneaks into your system, or when your hard drive decides it just does not want to work for you anymore or even if someone would actually try to steal your entire system altogether…

Point being that there are too many scenarios that may happen which may result in losing files. You do not want to be separated from all those beautiful pictures you took.

Smart Photo Saving Tips:

If you accidentally deleted the photos yourself, you are still in some luck since you can easily check out the Recycle Bin and retrieve them. While we are still on the topic of Recycle Bin, it can also do you some good to check its contents before you completely empty it. This way if there’s still something nice lying there you have one last shot of retrieving it before it goes into space forever.

Antigua-2In addition, to starting being smarter and backing up all your important files it can also do you some good if you keep them in an organized manner, to begin with.  Instead of having them in several folders, try having one main folder on your device’s hard drive.

Cataloging your images with the help of programs like the Lightroom is another great idea of holding on to your files. This one can be especially helpful for those who travel a lot.As soon as you are done clicking photographs at the end of the day, quickly go to Lightroom and organize them. Simply import the photographs into it and you’re good to go. Even when you are already into the habit of backing up files, sometimes a glitch or two might happen which may end up in losing some really important files.

Let me share a personal experience of what happened when I was traveling to Guatemala. Having clicked so many wonderful pictures (500 to be exact!) of the beautiful Antigua city I lost almost all of them while I was trying to synchronize albums in Lightroom. After running a recovery program (Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Program) I was able to recover just 12 of the 500 pictures I took. Needless to say, I was heartbroken but Lightroom’s virtual images saved the day for me.

If you ever find yourself in my shoes, this is what you can do: In Adobe Lightroom simply go to the original catalog and you will be able to see all the virtual images, even the ones that accidentally got deleted! You can take screenshots of those virtual images. They will be good enough to post them or even for smaller prints. Much better than entirely losing them.  Check out the AntiguaTravel Photo Album I have saved this way.

Check out the complete Guatemala trip albums! 

Antigua      Hotel Casa Santo Domingo        Lake Atitlan       Flores, Lake Peten     Tikal, Yaxha        Miscellaneous










Photography and painting are two realms of art that have their own unique way of expression.

They both provide visual and emotional stimulation through colors, depiction, and perception, but the mode of creating the two is entirely different.

However, you are still at liberty to translate what you see in your own words, and according to your own experiences. This blog will explore the historical distinction between the two art forms. Read on and enroll in a lesson of art history!


This is a common knowledge that painting came before photography. We, as human beings, have been here since the beginning of time. After the prehistoric era, human beings expressed themselves and propagated their agendas through painting. This can be evident from Egyptian Art, Oriental Art, Gothic art, the Renaissance, and various art movements that followed it, including Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, and the Dada movement.

Depending on the nature of the painting, creating a piece of art takes time. It requires time in preparation, from readying a canvas to mixing the colors in the right consistency, and then finding the right brushes to do the job.

The creation itself is a time consuming process. Usually, the media used for painting include oil paints, acrylics, poster paints, water colors, and a variety of other pigments on canvas, and other thick paper sheets such as canson and cartridge sheets. Even today, painting is a famous form of expression, and symbol of class and sophistication.


Photography is a new arrival in the arsenal of expression. It is a much quicker process than painting. People started to take photographs for recreation and beauty only a few decades ago. Previously, a photograph was used only for official and political purposes. Later on, it found uses in social causes, amusement and entertainment as well.

Nowadays, advanced professional cameras and picture moving technology is futuristic mobile phones have made it a lot easier for a person to gain access to these photographs in soft copies.

Both painting and photography are a form of expression, whose perception depends on the spectator. You can buy original paintings and photographs from Judith Barath from her website.

Her work is richly colored and masterfully angled, and is surely a much coveted addition in any household and office setting. In addition to that, she also specializes in digital art.




Four Seasons SummerEven though in the contemporary times, more and more people are flocking towards buying abstract art, garden oil paintings still hold its ground strong.

Whereas abstract expressionism can be explained as a fad, the timelessness of the beauty of garden oil paintings can’t be denied.

Let us take a look at the history of garden oil paintings and how they got to be one of the most powerful celebrations of nature, beauty, and expression.

The Advent of Garden Oil Paintings

The origins of garden paintings are yet unknown. However, examples of it are strewn across every culture, in every depiction.

Oriental art saw delicate paintings of gardens, cherry blossoms, and rivers purely as a decorative experience, with no deeper symbolic meaning attached to it. South Asian gardens dominantly express godly love, and are associated with the religion, Hinduism.

Lotus flower has immense importance in that culture. Coming towards western civilizations, French artists contributed heavily in the development of garden oil paintings after the gothic, baroque and rococo periods.

Notable Artist: Claude Monet

The discussion about garden oil paintings is incomplete without mentioning the legendary impressionist, Monet. His work is a rich collection of French gardens of Paris, Vetheuil, Poissy, and Giverny. He painted bridges of London and Japan as well.

He drew his inspiration from the likes of Manet and Renoir, and his stroke quality was delicate, yet pigmented with his depiction of nature. Monet’s work is not a naturalistic expression of what he saw. He deconstructed what was in front of him, and put in his own objective eye to create his masterpieces. Some of his masterpieces include Woman in a Garden, Springtime, and In the Garden.

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Contemporary Development

Contemporary development in the field of garden oil paintings has been steady. Though more artists are working in abstract art, artists such as Judith Barath understand the timelessness of garden oil paintings.

Her medium is usually oil on canvas when it comes to painting garden oil paintings. Her work is strongly influenced by abstract gardens as well. Her paintings are richly colored and bold in its impression. They can be easily hung in offices and home, increasing the sophistication of the ambiance.

Judith Barath is also skilled in photography and digital art. If you want to get your hands on one of the contemporary garden oil paintings, you can order your favorite piece from the website.



"Imaginary Flower" Floral Digital ArtPicking up from part one; here are some of the other art décor mistakes that might be hindering the look of your work.

Art Décor Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

1. Choosing One Style

How can art be boring? After all, it’s art! Well, if you choose a style of effect that only offers one emotion or even one look, it will get boring.

Choosing a simple frame, single size and matching material will only create a drab flow in your display. Take the chance and find some artwork that comes in different materials such as tapestries and quilts.

2. Not Connecting Art to the Room Décor

Your beloved garden oil painting is the star of your home décor, so there is no need to make it too apparent. Layering is important when using art in décor. Don’t be afraid to let few leaves of your beloved plant cover the corner of your framed photo. Connecting your art with your room décor will allow a more positive flow in your room, and will look sophisticated to boot.

3. Not Hanging Artwork Properly

Art is precious; take care of it. Instead of simply hanging it on a nail so that it slides to the left every time someone shuts a door or a window, bolt the frame to the wall with two nails.

Take the time to think what sort of hanging tools would work best for your artwork, and use only high quality hardware so that your art piece stays secure.

4. Only Using Paintings on Walls

Ocean photographyThe wonderful thing about art is its versatility. While walls are usually the place where paintings are hanged, you can also choose to lean your chosen artwork against the wall. However, there is an art to leaning, since you don’t want it to look like you simply placed your artwork against the wall and forgot to hang it. Use your paintings and original digital art to add some color to the empty spaces in your room, or on the top of your dresser. Always try to mix art with the décor of your home.

Art itself is such a wonderful instrument for expressing yourself. With proper art to complement your home, you can choose to bring a new sense of color and freshness to the décor of your home.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, and start browsing through Judith Barath’s collection. Keep these tips in mind and start decorating your home with some exquisite works of art. 


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