File photo Judy Jordison (1942-2017) examines relics of her great grandfather, British artist Harold Moss in 2015.

Judy Jordison passes

Popular White Rock artist and art advocate battled cancer for two and a half years

Painter/muralist Judy Jordison – for many years a valued member of the White Rock arts community – has died.

Daughter Michelle Johnson said her mother passed away Friday afternoon in White Rock Hospice, at the age of 75, following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Well-known for her bold, yet sensitive, approach to colour, form and texture in large scale still-life studies, florals and landscapes – a skill she extended into commissioned mural assignments – Jordison was frequently highlighted in gallery exhibits and was also active in promoting the arts in the community in ways both formal and informal.

A resident of White Rock for 38 years, she had taught art classes in the 1980s and 1990s at the former Station Arts Centre through the White Rock and District Community Arts Council (now Semiahmoo Arts).

With the late Kathy Macdonald, she was a co-organizer and leading light of the White Rock Studio Art Tour for some 20 years. She also helped establish the Tuesday Larger Than Life drawing group, and she had also been one of the ad-hoc group of ‘guerilla’ artists who added life to the uptown area for more than a decade by regularly painting an ever-evolving mural on the wooden fence that formerly surrounded the former gas station site next to the Coast Capital Playhouse.

“She didn’t tell many people about her illness,” Johnson said, adding that it had started as lung cancer, but had spread to other organs.

While she had curtailed many arts activities in the last several years, she never stopped painting and drawing, Johnson noted.

Her most recent local show, highlighted in the Peace Arch News on March 5, 2015, was an exhibit at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre’s Turnbull Gallery featuring her panoramic painting of England’s Lake District, a tribute to the favourite painting territory of her great-grandfather, artist Harold Moss.

Her last art work was collaborating with Toni Williams on a large mural painted at the B.C. Farm Museum in Fort Langley, Johnson added.

“She made it out to that opening, on June 17, although she wasn’t doing well.”

Jordison is survived by partner Gary Chase, her children, Johnson, Kathie Floesser and Scott Jordison and their families, including seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at Kwomais Point Park.

Just Posted

Noted fiddlers bring kids to Surrey stage for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’ concert

Bell theatre date for Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy as they reunite for 23-city tour of Canada

Surrey/White Rock MLAs criticize, defend referendum on ‘most important question’

NDP MLA says ‘fear-mongering’ unwarranted; Liberals ‘frustrated’ by process

Surrey-based business donates $1M to hospital’s children centre improvements

Surrey Hospital Foundation kicks off campaign for ‘transformation’ of children’s centre

Surrey opera singer brings Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ to Vancouver stage

Nancy Hasiuk-Lay has been hailed for her ‘sparkling and crystalline vocal tone’

North Delta family raising money for brain cancer treatment

23-year-old Tashina Janus and her family are raising funds to get her immunotherapy in the U.S.

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

Surrey mayor claims he can extend Skytrain for the $1.65 billion already committed to light rail

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Most Read

l -->