DeForrest Judd’s work reflects his study of nature: mountains, lakes, rocks, flowers, cactus, Gulf Coast, and scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form that made bold use of color. Judd received numerous awards for his work, and while teaching at SMU his work was featured in many one-man shows in Texas including the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1946), Southern Methodist University (1950, 1965, 1969, 1981), Elizabeth Ney Museum (1952), Sul Ross State College (1957), Texas Tech Museum (1959), Fort Worth Art Center (1962), and the Beaumont Museum of Art (1971).
His sketchbook images came from The DeForrest Judd Collection, located in Hamon’s Bywaters Special Collections, contains nine sketchbooks that concentrate on his trips to Colorado, the Gulf coast, Caddo Lake, New Mexico, the Big Bend, and the Hill Country in Texas. Each sketchbook measures approximately [H] 11” x [W] 8 ½”. The images featured in this exhibition are reproductions from the original sketchbooks and are from his travels in the 1960s to Big Bend, Caddo Lake, and the Texas Gulf coast.