For 24 years Judith Graham has lived in and painted the geological features which dominate Southwestern Colorado, especially the shapes and colors of the Rio Grande River drainage and the San Juan Mountains. Her paintings communicate a deep connection with place and how one exists and moves about in wild places, particularly those on the tundra, above timberline. Sensed in her paintings is the relationship between notions of connectedness and place, (as espoused by Lucy Lippard and Yi-Fu Tuan and embodied in “genius loci”). The visual detail of place can metaphorically suggest something other than itself. A place or the representation thereof can be a veil over what we yearn to understand, a portal. Her paintings are about the vastness, purity and beauty of remote places and are meant to be uplifting. She has spent a lifetime in pursuit of the most genuine distillation of ideas as they can be expressed in the visual language of color and shape with paint on canvas. Judith Graham attended the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York, but received her M.F.A. from the University of Chicago because the broader intellectual and cultural context of visual ideas was important to her. Judith Graham has had one-person exhibitions in the United States and has created site-specific commissions of up to 30’in various cities.