Judith McCabe Jarvis

Review by Mark Sullivan, Ph. D.

“Judith McCabe Jarvis has been characterized as a “Brandywine School” artist, but this resident of Chadd’s Ford, PA, is no mere follower in the footsteps of Howard Pyle or the Wyeth family.  She paints in a style that is realistic, in the sense that one can recognize the locations she is recording on her canvases; but her brushwork is much more painterly than that of a Pyle or a Wyeth.

“She has painted at locations all over the eastern half of the United States, from the Adirondacks to Key Biscayne, Florida.  She expresses and evokes many moods with her paintings.  In looking at one of her paintings, you may be reminded of the nostalgia in Edward Hopper’s work, or of the sunny optimism in  Fairfield Porter’s oils.  In looking at others, you may recall sunny summer afternoons from your youth, when time seemed to stand still; or you may feel the excitement and stimulation of standing in the middle of New York’s Times Square.

“Judith McCabe Jarvis’s paintings have won many regional awards in recent years, because they remind us of deeply-felt, if inexpressible, experiences that we have all had at different times and places in our lives.”

Review by Mark Sullivan, Ph. D.
Professor of Art History, Villanova University, and former reviewer for Art Matters, the Philadelphia region’s leading art magazine