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November, 2019 Judy spent a lot of time in her garden and in the community this spring and summer. She’s heading into her painting season with several portrait commissions on her board and a private watercolor student. Contact her if you are interested in commissioning a portrait or mentoring for your progress as a watercolor painter. Here are some of the portrait commissions Judy has done:

Old and New: A Retrospective

April 1, 2016 Fifty pieces of Judy’s watercolor florals and portraits and John’s photography and digital art, at Fishers Flowers and Fine Art in Roseburg, Oregon.

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Our Book is Being Born!

Our book, Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art, is now in the final stages of completion! Our official release date is

October 17, 2013, with a book-signing party at Douglas County Library, Roseburg, OR, 7–9 pm.

We hope you’ll join us for a fun evening and first look at our beautiful book!


After more than eight months of researching, writing, editing, designing, composing, image editing and more, the 144-page,

full-color book was printed at Shelton Turnbull in Eugene last week.

John and Judy did the press checks at Shelton Turnbull for 50 straight hours, and the book is now at Rose City Bindery in Portland.

The printing of a book is a fascinating process.

Here are some shots from the press checks.


John at the press check station checking our cover, hot off the press.


Our night-shift pressman, David.


A sheet comprised of four pages is a signature. Each side of a signature requires four plates, one for each color of ink: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.


All the signatures for our book, stacked in piles of 3,000, ready to be packaged and shipped to the Bindery. An impressive sight!


There are four of us authors:

Joy Rich, niece of the Haders;

Karen Tolley, number one Hader fan, Executive Director of Hader Connection, Ltd., and writer extraordinaire;

Judy Waller, editing, book design and composition;

and John Waller, who handled all the images and prepared them for the book.

Learn more at Hader Connection and find a schedule of upcoming signings and presentations at Joyful Productions.


January 8, 2013

Judy is learning lots of new stuff, working on the web sites. Just changed the links on the 127 pages of the Scientific Illustrators site to go to our new WordPress Imaging by Fox and Judy Waller Watercolors sites, working in DreamWeaver and html code. It has been a very frustrating day, John and I trying to figure out how to do all this on our own, but we finally did it!


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A New Adventure: Producing a Book!

We are working with two other authors on a new project: producing and publishing a book about Berta and Elmer Hader, children’s book illustrators and authors during the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. (One of the authors is the Haders’ niece.) This amazing, talented couple worked together on all their art and stories in an incredible stone house they built themselves overlooking the Hudson River in rural New York state. The range of their artistic abilities is phenomenal, and we are publishing this book to showcase their exemplary life together and a collection of their artwork. John is scanning the artwork and preparing the images for the book, and Judy is creating the design and layout. Here are just three examples of their wonderful work:  

Paper doll magazine insert by Berta and Elmer Hader, one of many during the 1920s


Pen and ink drawing by Berta and Elmer Hader


One of Berta and Elmer Hader’s annual custom handmade linoleum block print Christmas Cards


We’ll let you know when the book is finished.

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John and Judy Waller ArtWork Retrospective Show

December 20, 2012

This retrospective show of our 40-year illustration career was exhibited at Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg, Oregon in 2007. It is an interesting documentation of the transition from traditional illustration methods and materials to digital art production. This show is not being exhibited anywhere currently, but might be of interest to visitors to the Scientific Illustrators portion of our site. It is still available for exhibition within Oregon.


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Judy Morris Workshop: Better Watercolors From Start to Finish

November 20, 2012

I used my prize money from ArtWorksNW, for my painting, Over the Top!, to take a fabulous 4-day workshop from Judy Morris at Emerald Art Center this November in Springfield. We learned many valuable lessons about composition, choosing color chords, and creating textural interest in our paintings.

Here are a couple of my favorites of her paintings. The Story is always an important component in each of her paintings, and she told a great story about “Guinness at Six,” below. Judy overheard a young woman at a show interpreting this painting: “The suits, briefcase and shiny black shoes represent the corporate world; the beer represents the average citizen, and they have no heads because the two can never see eye to eye!”


"Paper Chase" Watercolor by Judy Morris

"Guinness at Six" Watercolor by Judy Morris















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4H Photography Workshop

April 16, 2011

John and I gave a photography workshop for a whole room full of 4H photography students and some of their advisors. Very good day indoors and out, despite heavy rain! They have a month to work on their own before the next session; can’t wait to see what creative ideas they come up with!


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This painting was accepted into the Emerald Spring Exhibition national juried show 2011 at Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR!

Juror, Judy Morris, AWS, NWS.

Show runs from May 3–May 27, 2011. I hope you can join me at the opening reception May 7, 5:30–7:30.

Her Classics, Judy Waller


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On Tour!

My painting, The Essence of Beauty 5 is one of 50 Blossom II Art of Flowers paintings chosen from the 100 Finalists shown at Naples, FL in February to tour the Nation through 2012! Six important art museums are lined up so far, and the tour curator is working on more. Check in with the Blossom web site for updates to come, as well as a virtual museum tour of the show online to be posted there soon.


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