Judi Lapsley Miller



Available in a range of sizes on fine art paper and fine art canvas.

Judi Lapsley Miller’s art is inspired by the wildlife and land of Aotearoa-New Zealand, the awesome forces that went into making them (and continue to make them), and the tensions between the pre-human and modern world. She strives through her art to advocate for endangered species and spaces by exploring themes like the tenacity of life in the face of environmental destruction, what it means to be endangered, and the post-human world. Many of her images are inspired from her experiences with volunteering in wildlife conservation projects, especially with her beloved endangered k?k? parrots.

Photography is just the first step in Judi’s creative process – she digitally blends and masks layers of photographs, graphics, scanned ephemera and textures, lighting and colour adjustments, and digital brushstrokes to form an image that is more painting than photograph. Photo artistry and digital compositing gives her the freedom to expand her viewpoint and delve deep into her imagination.

As a professional scientist with a background in experimental psychology and as a conservation volunteer, Judi brings a unique perspective to the art world. In 2017, after completing a professional photo-artistry course (which she had done just for fun), she decided to take the step into exhibiting her work. She has since done four solo exhibitions and multiple group exhibitions. She’s an active member of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the Artists Down Under group.

In 2018, she embarked on a collaboration with wildlife photographer and professional framer Chris Helliwell to upcycle their offcuts into tiny pieces of art. The “TinyArt” project uses the same archival materials used for larger framed works, including using specialist anti-reflective and UV-resistant glass. A lot of thought goes into which picture best suits each frame, some pictures are embellished further, and others are matted using gorgeous washi papers. Each piece is unique.

She encourages other artists and photographers to use their images for wildlife advocacy through her Art of Birding Wildlife & Nature photography challenge – a worldwide weekly challenge to widen scope and improve skills.

For all her works, if the bird is endangered or she has gained access through the hard work of a non-profit conservation project, a percentage of her proceeds goes back to those organizations to help ensure their vital work can continue. Thus, the art buyer is also participating in supporting conservation.

She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.