Judith Ann Eldridge was born in northern Maine and has spent the last thirty years in the town of Bradford New Hampshire. Ann graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art concentrating on lithography. With no lithograph press in sight upon graduation, she began working with Elena Colin at her intaglio studio in Worcester Massachusetts where she learned the finer points of etching and aquatint that had eluded her in college. Elena Colin published a limited edition of handmade books of poetry of Robert Frost which Eldridge illustrated.
Biology is the other strong interest of Eldridge’s and having taken courses in botany and horticulture from the University of New Hampshire, she wrote and illustrated a gardening book entitled ‘Cabbage or Cauliflower?’ which was published by David R. Godine of Boston.
Primarily, she uses the medium of intaglio printmaking. Line etching involves drawing with a needle through a thin wax on a copper plate and this allows for the kind of detail she needs to explore the intricacies of her subjects. Aquatint, drypoint, and mezzotint are often incorporated and occasionally an image will call out for color and multiple plate processes.
J. Ann Eldridge is a member of the NH League of NH Craftsmen and exhibits her work at galleries in the northeast and through the occasional retail art show.