JUDY OSBURN: Born in sight of old Fort Reno in Oklahoma, Judy grew up in the high plains of Texas and in Oklahoma. Animals have been a large part of Judy's life since early childhood. The southwestern environment, her love of animals, and art seemed to be the perfect ingredients that have led to her success. This combination has opened many illustration opportunities Including co-illustration of the 1982 Western Heritage Award winning book, "Saddles", the watercolor cover illustration of the special All American Futurity Issue of "Speedhorse" magazine and the cover of the University of Oklahoma Press' book, "The Quarter Running Horse," cover and article illustration for "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine.
All animals hold a fascination for Judy and she enjoys portraying them in pencil, watercolor, oil etchings, hand pulled lithographs, and hand pulled serigraphs. Commissioned pet portraits have been a steady business for Judy. She is very particular about the details of each animal she paints. Judy has been involved in the commercial art field with product design and illustration. In 2003 she took her love of the southwest and animals in a new direction with silver and gemstone wearable art. Silversmithing has become an addition to her creative endeavors. The year 2004 began with Judy's participation in the "Spirit of the Buffalo" project sponsored by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Her contribution to this project was to design and paint two life size fiberglass buffaloes, one sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield and one sponsored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The project has been documented with pictures of buffaloes in a book, "Spirit of the Buffalo, Oklahoma's Past and Future," by Linda Millier Bosteels, published by The Oklahoma Heritage Association.
Judy and her artist husband have been long time residents of Norman, Oklahoma, where they maintain their studio. Her paintings are in many private collections throughout the country and have won numerous awards. Judy's painting, "Tall Grass Turkeys" won the prestigious F & M Bank Award at the 1995 NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Judy is a member of Women Artist of the West and has shown with the American Academy of Equine Art. A return to the University of Oklahoma opened new doors of creativity for Judy with a BFA in Printmaking (1995), which includes Lithography, Etching and Serigraphy.
WARREN OSBURN: Warren was born on July 20, 1934, twenty miles east of Oklahoma City at Harrah, Oklahoma.
While on an athletic scholarship at Oklahoma Baptist University, Osburn majored in art and education and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree.
After serving two years in Korea with the U.S. Army, Osburn taught art in the Tulsa Public Schools then journeyed to southern California to work as a technical illustrator for the R & D Division of Douglas Aircraft. Warren also managed an art gallery in Hermosa Beach, studied art at a local college, worked as a commercial artist for a small firm in Redondo Beach and painted as a fine artist.
Osburn returned to work in the adult and continuing education field at both the University of Chicago and the University of Oklahoma. He retired from the University of Oklahoma and after a short stint on a research grant at Oklahoma City University, Warren has been painting full time at his studio in Norman, Oklahoma.
Warren married another artist, Judy Osburn, produced and raised two daughters, then both Warren and Judy began entering art shows and winning art awards and have displayed their work from California...to Wyoming...to Washington, D.C....to Texas...New Mexico...and Oklahoma.
Osburn has won awards in a variety of mediums including bronze sculpture, oil painting, watercolors, pencil drawing, scratchboard, and pastel. His favorite medium is oil and his favorite subjects are located in Northern New Mexico and other southwestern states.