the website of Judy Jarvis American Painter


Judith McCabe Jarvis American PainterThroughout her decades-spanning professional career in the Greater Philadelphia Area, Judith McCabe Jarvis has established herself as one the region’s foremost painterly realists, depicting the familiar subject matter of the landscape through abstracted lens. 

Having developed her craft since early childhood, she graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a BFA in Painting, spending 5 months of her education studying the Masters in Rome, Italy.
Inspired by color and the environmental diversity of the area surround her home, she enjoys high intensity hues in the most unexpected places on her canvas and feels especially rewarded while plein air painting. Challenged by nature – picking bugs off the canvas, wresting high winds and a boiling sun—plein air allows her to connect both creatively and physically to her subject.
Not limited to the land, however, she is also a student of still life. Attracted to the glistening reflections of bottles and glass, the intimate beauty of a tea cup and the organic beauty of fruits and vegetables, still life offers its own challenges—negotiating the light, subject and perspective all within her quiet of her studio.
Whether it be the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley or the delicate grouping of gin bottles, Judith McCabe Jarvis’s art aims t capture and slow the viewer so they might look at a small slice of life and see something more, whether it be wit, beauty or moody light.

Art Shows

The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Small Oil Show, juried, 2017

Soma Gallery, Cape May, New Jersey, May/June 2017

Devon Horse Show Gallery , June 2017

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford Elementary School, March 2017

Chadds Ford Historical Society Plein Air Competition, juried, March 2017

Chadds Ford Gallery, Passages group show, 2017

Visual Expansions featured artist, December 2016

Brandywine Plein Air Competition, Fall 2016

Philadelphia Sketch Club, large format juried show, Fall 2016

Chestnut Hill Gallery, Spring Showcase, April 2016

Chadds Ford Art Show at Chadds Ford elementary School, 2014-15-16

Christmas in Miniature, Chadds Ford Gallery, 2014-15-16

Brandywine Plein air competition, Fall 2104

Wayne Art Center, Annual Juried Exhibition 2014

Chadds Ford Gallery, Miniature Show, 2005-2014 Chadds Ford Art Show, 2003-2014

Cosmopolitan Club, Solo Exhibit, Fall 2013

Chadds Ford Art Show, Featured Artists, 2009

Chadds Ford Art Show, Donating Artists, 2008

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small Oils Juried Small Paintings Show, 2004

The Philips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall, 2004

Philadelphia Tri-State Artist Equity, Fall Exhibition 2004

Hardcastle Gallery, “Best In Show” An Evening With The Arts, Fall 2004

Salon Des Amis, Group Show, Malvern, Pa., Fall 2003

Chester County Art Assoc., Members Juried Show, Fall 2003

Chester County Art Assoc., Gala Exhibition, Juried, Fall 2003

Hardcastle Gallery, An Evening With The Arts, Fall 2003

Chadds Ford Gallery Group Show, Spring & Summer 2003

Artistic Endeavors, Solo Exhibitor, Kennett Square, Pa., Spring 2003

Hardcastle Gallery, Covered Bridge Show, Spring 2003

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small Oils Juried Show, Spring 2003

Salon Des Amis, Penlynn Painters Group Show, Malvern, Pa., Spring 2003

Cheltenham Art Center Juried Show, Winter 2002

Salon Des Amis, Group Show, Winter 2002

Chester County Art Association Member Juried Group Show, Fall 2002

Hahn Gallery, Group Show, Summer 2002

Pandion Gallery, Fisher’s Island, NY, Group Show, Summer 2002-2011

Philadelphia Sketch Club Small Oil Juried Show, Spring 2002

Cheltenham Art Center, Juried Show, Winter 2001

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Show, 2000

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Juried Show, 1999

Hahn Gallery, Summer Group Show, 1998

Gross McCleaf Gallery, Summer Cow Show 1986

Gross McCleaf Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Winter 1986

Gross McCleaf Gallery, Summerscape Show 1985

Cosmopolitan Solo Exhibit, Winter 1985

Woodmere Art Museum, Juried Exhibit, 1


Ocean City, NJ. Plein Air Competition, First Place 2012

Chadds Ford Days Art Show Fall 2009, Best Watercolor in Brandywine

Cheltenham Art Center-Annual Juried Show, Vita Solomon Memorial Award

Chadds Ford Elementary Art Show, Spring 2005, Honorable Mention

Artist Equity, Juried Show, Fall 2004, 1

Hardcastle Gallery, Fall 2004, Evening for The Arts, Best in Show

Chester County Art Assoc., Juried Show, Fall 2003, Excellen


100 Artists in The Brandywine, Catherine Quillman

Chadds Ford Post, September 2007

The Kennett Paper, Fall 2004

Chadds Ford Post, August 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 18, 2004

The County Times, Spring 2004

Chestnut Hill Local, Spring 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2003

Chadds Ford Post, June 2003

Chester County Town & Living, Featured Artist, Fall 2003

County Lines Magazine, Fall 2003The Phoenix, Fall 2003


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