Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Limited Edition Prints Available!

I am happy to announce that I now have Limited Edition Prints available of several of my paintings just in time for the Holidays.  "Puff Daddy" is now available as a limited edition of 30 prints.  The hand signed and numbered print is the same size as the original painting which is 18"x24" and is priced at $85.00.  

All giclee images have been carefully matched to the original painting.  Printed on acid free, heavy weight paper with archival inks. 

You can check out "Puff Daddy" along with several of my other Limited Edition Prints at my etsy shop by clicking here  Thank you for looking!

Yours in Paint,



Callie was a commission of a Chocolate Lab that was done after she had passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.  Callie was a sweet girl, who loved to go on the family's boat and even had her own diving board.  It is always an honor for me to paint a beloved pet posthumously, and so very important to talk to the people who loved the pet in order to get a feeling of who that pet was, because I like to capture the personality that shines through as well as what they looked like.

Your in Paint,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Puff Daddy goes Hollywood

Well, not "Hollywood" exactly...But my rooster portrait entitled "Puff Daddy" is currently on the cover of the Sept/Oct. issue of Harford's Heart magazine.  I was very excited to hear that the magazine had chosen me as their cover artist and the interviewee for the "Interview with an Artist" segment.  If your local, pick one up and check it out, they carry them at most grocery stores and banks etc... If not local you can read the interview here  I am currently looking into having a run of signed limited edition prints of Puff made, due to the interest generated in him by his 15 minutes of fame.  I'll certainly let everyone know if and when this happens.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather we've been experiencing here in the east coast.  There is something so very nostalgic in the crisp breezes for me this time of year, yet the air is also full of promise for the seasons ahead.  Time for me to harvest all of our basil, tyme and rosemary for the kitchen. Make sure the goat barn and chicken coop are winter hardy, prune the roses and start dreaming of next year's gardens.  It was a wonderful summer...

Wishing everyone a wonderful Fall season!


Friday, September 10, 2010


This is my latest commission..."Trooper",  he is a pastel on Wallis paper.  Trooper was a surprise birthday gift from a very thoughtful husband and the present was a huge success.  Portraits of our beloved pets really are the gift that keeps on giving!  If you think you might be interested in giving such a gift or even the recipient of one, you can visit my website at or learn about my process at  As always, thank you for looking and allowing me to share my work with you...

Yours in Paint,
Jude Bates

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This is a recently finished commission of a Pom guessed it, Foxey.  He is getting up in years now and his owners were surprised by a friend of theirs who commissioned me to paint it for them.  They were thrilled with their very thoughtful gift and Foxey now resides in a place of honor (over the couch).  Now that's a gift that keeps on giving!

Yours in Paint,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Exhibition is Ready!

I have been working like mad these last few weeks towards my solo exhibition at the Liriodenron mansion.  Sunday is the opening reception and am I ever ready!  My friend Shari and I installed it this past Tuesday, (Thanks again Shari) and I have to say the show looks great.  The rooms are gracious and airy and really let the paintings sing.  It's a bit odd when I think about how long I have been working towards this show...Focusing most of my energy on getting everything done and framed, and soon I'll have to look towards the next horizon, the next inspiration that will galvanize all my artistic energies.  Gearing up for this show has been a wonderful journey,  I have learned so much about myself as an artist, helping me develop even further and in the process, establishing some awesome work habits!

So if anyone is in the Harford County, Md. area on Sunday, March 7th...please come by and say "Hello"!  It is at the Liriodenron Mansion in Bel Air, Md.  The show runs through April 18th, and is open on Sundays only, 1:00 till 4:00.

The above painting will be one of the pieces featured in the exhibition and is entitled "Puff Daddy"  He's a Cornish Game rooster from my Sycamore Spring Farm series.  It's a pastel on Wallis paper, 18" x 24".

Yours in Paint,


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kira and Elly may


 This latest pastel painting is a commission of Kira and her horse, Elly May.  Kira is a very talented and accomplished "eventer" and Elley May is her half Hanoverian partner in dressage, cross country and stadium jumping.  I was lucky enough to see them compete up at Fairhill, and was really struck by the amount of teamwork and discipline that they demonstrated during the three day event.  As an artist, I especially wanted to convey the wonderful connection between the two of them,  the source of  all their strength and skill ...

If you would like to commission a portrait of your favorite pet, or you and your beloved can visit my website at or contact me at  and we can discuss your ideas and options.  Thanks for visiting!

Yours in paint,

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Indigo Skye

This is a painting I did a few months back of Skye, my female English Shepherd, who is one of my favorite models (how convienent)!  She's a funny girl, extremely smart and eager to please and tattle tale extroidenaire.  Recently, I taught her to fetch my cell phone to me when it rings.  I only had to show her twice and she had it down pat.  My 15 year old son has entertained hordes of his friends with this silly little party trick...And both dog and teenagers love it.

 About three years ago, I came into the kitchen with Skye at my heels, and found my son Dylan, who was then 12, once again raiding the cookie jar.  I emphatically told him that he had had more than his fair share of cookies that day and to leave them alone.  I then returned to my studio (which is adjacent to the kitchen) and sat down at the easel, and Skye lay in the doorway with her head pointing towards the kitchen. She suddenly jumped up, and ran barking into the kitchen.  She then ran back to me barking, and ran back to the kitchen again.  When I enteried the kitchen Skye was barking at Dylan,  who had snuck back to the cookie jar once again and was caught by Skye with (literally) his hand in the cookie jar... From then on, Skye has been known as "Mom's Secret Weapon"....

Yours in Paint,


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Coat of Many Colors

Recently, my friend Shari and I took a delightful day trip to the 260 year old farm of my friend Carol Rollman.  It's called Sycamore Spring Farm, where Carol runs a very successful CSA (community supported agriculture) in Frederick, Md.  I had been meaning to get over to Carol's for quite a long time now...I had sold her an English Shepherd pup, (Maeve) from Skye and Finn's first litter about two years ago and I wanted to visit both Carol and Maeve but responsibilities and "stuff" kept getting in the way...until....I recieved a Canon Powershot SX20 for Christmas from my wonderfully supportive husband, Mike.  This camera allows me to take gorgeous close ups of the animals that I so love to paint without forcing myself into their "space" so I can capture plenty of candid moments, and lots of inspiration.

Carol's farm is like walking into a wonderful world where animals peacefully co exist unlike anything I have really experienced before.  Carol's love of animals and passion for growing natural and healthy food is in evidence everywhere you look.  It is both an artist's and animal lover's delight.  I fell in love with the Scottish Highland Cattle, so calm and gentle yet there is something almost prehistoric about them...And so utterly paintable!  If you are anywhere near Frederick, Md. and want to experience the way life used to be lived as well as supply your family with healthy and nourishing food, Sycamore Spring Farm's website is:  I can't reccomend it highly enough.

It was wonderful to see Maeve and all ten of her rolly polly puppies in the farm environment that they were bred to be in .  Maeve is Carol's right hand and furry farm manager, but she took some time off to escort us around the farm and play fetch with us.  It was a wonderful and inspiring day and I plan to paint a series from the photos that Shari and I took that day.  Thank you for your wonderful shots and timing Shari!  Above is my first painting from my new "Sycamore Spring Farm" series.  It is of a Scottish Highland Cow named Beauty and her four day old baby.  I call it "Coat of Many Colors"

Yours in Paint,