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November 7, 2013

Q&A: Judy Osburn talks inspiration, jewelry

NORMAN — Wildlife has long inspired artist Judy Osburn’s work.

The Oklahoma native creates animal-themed sterling silver and stone jewelry from her home studio in Norman where she lives with her artist husband, Warren Osburn. 

Judy is showing her work during the Holiday Gift Gallery at the Firehouse Art Center, 444 S. Flood Ave. Judy is one of many artists exhibiting in the gallery space through Dec. 24. Mediums range from fine art to craft pieces, including painting, pottery, jewelry, blown glass and sculpture. An assortment of Christmas ornaments are also available.

The Firehouse Art Center will be open late for shopping during the Second Friday Circuit of Art Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 from 6–9 p.m. each evening, in addition to regular hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 

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Q: At what point did art become a part of your life?

A: When I was born. My grandmother was an artist, my mother was an artist. I just have always been involved.


Q: Was it always through jewelry? Or was it manifest in other ways?

A: No, no — animals, horses. Horses, particularly. I was always drawing horses. It’s just always been an interest. You don’t know where it begins when that’s just what you’ve always known. And my mother was not a working artist, she did things for gifts and things like that so I wasn’t around that type of art, but I always knew I was going to do something with it.


Q: At what point did you begin working as a professional artist?

A: I started working professionally in about 1972. I had young children at that time and I was going to school at the University of Oklahoma. I came here to go to school and started in interior design — art related. The art school was totally contemporary at that time and I was drawing horses so we didn’t click. So I tried other things and didn’t finish then because I got married and then had children.

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