Judith Nakhnikian 

Paintings and Drawings                                                       Eugene, Oregon 

Making art requires uninterrupted time, thought, and solitude that have always been difficult for women to find in the midst of competing demands of job, family and community. After working full time as an artist and part time as a karate instructor, for more than thirty six and a half years I struggled to make art while working as a criminal defense investigator and raising a family. I retired from my job at the federal public defender's office as of December 1, 2017, and have only my middle child and husband left at home with me. Now, I have time.

My artistic focus has been expressionist portraiture. I look under the surface, and try to paint what is unique and beautiful about each of us in our relationships to ourselves, one another and the world we occupy. At this time in my life, I find myself making work in which time folds, and folklore mixes with reality. People and animals and the spaces in which they interact are allowed to be whole or partial inventions. My subjects exist together in ways that could not happen in the linear time we ordinarily occupy. Perhaps this is because I am getting old, and many of the people and animals I love are gone, or going, and yet they are still present and important and with me, and I remember them in many phases of their lives and mine.

Life is short, and everything feels personal to me, the air, the water, the person begging on the corner, my dear family, my friends, our blue world.

I am figuring out what I want to create during this mature part of my life, and I am allowing myself the luxury of painting only whom and what I want, exactly as I wish. 

I still aspire to appreciate and express beauty in my work, at times looking for it deep beneath some grimy harsh exteriors. Portraiture has traditionally been of the wealthy or famous. I usually paint ordinary people who, when examined closely, are not ordinary at all.

Hannah at Dinner     April 2006 10" x 16"   Collection of the Artist

I invite inquiries to arrange commissions


Click on links to See My Work:                                            "Spring, Sofia"




Links to Other Artists

Susan Silas' website

Elise Nakhnikian's movie review blog



Other Links

Photos from "Four Visions" at the Jacobs Gallery (2007-08) 

Photos from  Goldworks Jewelry Studio show and Artwalk (April-May 2009)