Manherz has been focusing primarily in chalk pastels for the past
16 years although she has been producing artistic pieces using
other media for many more years. She works mainly from photographs,
which allow her to complete compositions from around the world.
Her projects include portraits of people, pets, and wildlife along
with an array of composites.
Judy’s life has been surrounded by pets, particularly dogs
and cats. She trained dogs for several years and is the owner
and trainer of a therapy dog with St. John Ambulance. Her love
for animals is emphasized by her ability to capture her subject
and bring it to life on paper. Her paintings have caught the attention
of various dog show/training organizations and portraits as top
winning trophies have been awarded for several dog shows and obedience
Awards won by Judy include an Award of Excellence and Members’
Choice Award with the Nepean Fine Arts League for “Who Let
the ‘Dobes Out?” and an Honorable Mention for “Afternoon
Watch.” Her work has been sold on National television through
the Public Art Auction, in Watertown, NY, and through the CNIB
Art Auction at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. She was invited
into the Wildlife Festival to exhibit in 2004-2007.
Judy was raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She attended
the University of Waterloo, where she studied Kinesiology. She
worked as an exercise specialist before entering police work.
A former police officer, Judy now works as a professor in Police
Foundations at Algonquin College. She resides in Ottawa with her