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Loose's watercolors have been featured on more than a dozen Inside covers

respect as oils,” she says “I want it to have a place in the museum someday.” Her own artistic aspirations are no less ambitious. “I want to find that one angle where it’s so different that no one would ever see it that way,” says Loose. Ultimately, she hopes her paintings touch people’s lives. “That’s why I create what I do,” explains Loose. “As an artist, follow your emotions. It’s honest and real. That’s what real work is about.” In her paintings, Loose has focused on a variety of subjects: flowers, Sacramento cityscapes, children. But

seven years ago marked a turning point for Loose. “I was burning the candle at both ends,” she explains. “I got sick, my mom got cancer, I was going through a separation and divorce.” Simply put, Loose crashed. During a four-day stay in the ER. she asked herself: “If I make it out of here, what would I paint? What would make a difference in someone’s life?” Soon thereafter, she began a series of portraits of Sacramento’s homeless. Through personal relationships, Loose painted about 20 subjects. “I was trying to paint them with dignity,” she explains. “They’re human, just like me and you.” The

series still travels between churches, encouraging donations to support Sacramento homeless. Loose’s paintings are an expression of feeling, sometimes raw emotion, even pain. She doesn’t shy away from admitting her dark periods, though you’d never guess it from her use of bright colors. “But I’m at a different stage of life,” says Loose. “My paintings are different now. I’m doing more shadows and reflections, perhaps because I’m reflecting on my past life.”

Judy Lew Loose will join Inside Publications publisher Cecily Hastings on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Sacramento Central Library. Hastings will be talking about the history of Inside Publications’ cover art as part of the library’s Art in August program. The presentation starts at 6 p.m. The library is at 828 I St. For more information, go to saclibrary.org For more information about Judy Lew Loose, go to lewloosewatercolors. com n

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