The Jam Session.jpeg


Special Note: In May 2022, my painting, The Jam Session, oil on linen, 40"x30", was presented as a gift to the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 in New York City, and installed in perpetuity. Diane Charlap commissioned the piece to commemorate her husband's 70+ year membership, and raised contributions to the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund of the Union.

For 30 years Judy Kirtley maintained a photography portrait  studio in Manhattan. She also photographed events: jazz concerts, theatrical productions, recording studio sessions, CD/DVD cover art, weddings, and performers' publicity photos.  Her photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Billboard, Playbill. Beginning in 2007 she began attending classes at The Art Students League in New York City, studying anatomy, drawing and painting oil and watercolor, with Francis Cunningham, Mary Beth McKinsey, Peter Cox (with whom she also studied at the American Academy of Art, the National Academy of Art, and at his private studio), Costa Vavagiakis, and Henry Wong, and Henry Finkelstein, as well as Steven Assail and Tim Saternow.


Judy's fine art photography and art works are in several private collections, and have been exhibited and shown  extensively. See the 'Contact' page of this website for details.