Judy Outdoors 10-23-18

My name is Judy Unger and I am a 63-year-old woman who has embarked upon a new life. It all began when I started this blog in 2010. When I wrote about my struggles, I released my pain and it transformed me into a new woman.

I rediscovered my love for music after not playing my guitar much for over 30 years. In 2012, I began composing new songs and feelings erupted that startled me. Eventually, my own lyrics became my guide and I found the courage to follow them.

Eleven years ago, I was overwhelmed caring for my sick parents and coping with three teenagers. I also carried grief over my firstborn son who died in 1992 at the age of 5. I was unhappily married for a long time but never acknowledged it.

My life is so different now. Both my parents are gone. After my father died, I found the courage to end my 31-year marriage. Instead of selling my parents’ coop, I decided to live there. It is very poignant to be surrounded with memories from my childhood.

On my coop walkway

I am a commercial illustrator and my illustrations can be seen on many food labels in supermarkets. My career had a big resurgence after I divorced and I’m fortunate that I can support myself as an artist. I have another blog that I created about my illustration career at https://foodartist.wordpress.com.

I also continue to pursue the music that I love. My biggest struggle has been dealing with dry eye syndrome, which was a complication from cataract surgery in 2012.

Writing has helped me stay on a healing and positive path. Touching and inspiring others through my songs and stories is something that elevates my life.

Thank you again for visiting my blog.

Examples of labels that carry my illustrations

Examples of labels that carry my illustrations


Judy has been an illustrator since 1981 and has worked for virtually every major food company. She enjoys going shopping and seeing her work on numerous food packages.
Her technique is photorealistic. She works digitally and with dye/watercolors, colored pencil, and acrylic. Her illustrations have been published on packages, newspaper and magazine inserts, billboards, greeting cards, and fine-art prints and posters.

Judy was born in Los Angeles in 1959 and has been an artist all her life. While in Middle School, she drew mazes when she was bored. She was only 14 years old when she published her first book, an educational book that taught how to draw mazes.

She graduated from California State University, Northridge. Judy loved illustration, and especially painting with watercolor dyes. Her work was photorealistic, and food and florals were her favorite subject matter. Her portfolio targeted food companies and her specialty became food illustration.

Before her career became busy, she enjoyed teaching at California State University, Los Angeles, UCLA Extension, California State University, Northridge, and Otis-Parsons Art Institute.

Judy is also passionate about music. She began playing guitar again in 2010 and discovered that music brought her immense joy. Her inspirational story named “Beside Me Always” is available as a paperback and audiobook on Amazon and iTunes.

Her blogs: myjourneysinsight.com and Illustrating My Life have reached people all over the world. She performs regularly where she lives in Southern California.

Her comforting meditation music on Insight Timer has touched many people.