Jude Tolar PSA holds a psychology degree from Oklahoma State University. Art followed her, though, and led her to a graphic design and illustration career. She also wrote and illustrated children’s books. 


In recent years Jude has focused on fine art. She picked up pastels as a way to study color and work easily en plein air, and immediately loved the results. 

Jude's art is lyrical and representational, and celebrates beauty and joy in the world. She's known mainly for her floral portraits and reflective subjects. She prefers to work from life, using Terry Ludwig soft pastels on ArtSpectrum ColourFix paper. 

Her pastel paintings have won many awards and have juried in to a number of national and international shows. She has also exhibited in invitational group shows and solo shows. Her work is in collections across the US. 

Jude demonstrates her pastel techniques to art groups. She also teaches pastel workshops on various subjects.