Profile & Curriculum Vitae


Judith L. Haron, an endangered wildlife illumination artist and conservationist, has her studio and company “The Illuminated Letter,” located in Laguna Beach, California, an area that has long been considered an incredible artist community attracting talented and distinguished artists as well as a community aiding in the protection of all endangered and threatened wildlife. She began to concentrate on her work as an illumination artisan more than three years ago.She combined her love of endangered wildlife, with her love of the rich, beautiful art techniques used in the illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, a span of several hundred years from the 13th through 15th century. For Judith, it was a perfect marriage of a beautiful ancient art form and a cause that would bring awareness to conservation. Her beautiful wildlife illuminations have been exhibited in the famous Sawdust Arts Festivals in Laguna Beach, California where she was honored with the Best Artist Award for 2014. In that same year, Judith, an outstanding artist, had the honor of presenting former California Governor Gray Davis with her custom designed illuminated manuscript featuring endangered birds created by her for his achievements in conservation for saving The Wild Bird Sanctuary of the Ballona Wetlands of California. It is Judith’s fondest hope that through her art form of Wildlife Illumination Arts, she can bring attention to and enlighten conservation awareness of the Earth’s most endangered species.



Historically, the art of the handmade illumination arts and manuscripts and their decorative appeal can be traced back to the Egyptian Book of the Dead dated 1310 B.C. The monks from the 13th – 15th centuries highlighted portraits of great kings or religious leaders throughout the Renaissance to record, illustrate, and illuminate both religious and political events for posterity. These works of art/manuscripts created by hand, artist calligraphers incorporated the written word in beautiful calligraphy as well as elaborate decorative illustrations, so that those who could not read appreciated and understand their meaning through the beautiful images portrayed. Their beauty was so appealing that they were often displayed on the altars of Europe’s finest churches and today they can be seen in the world’s finest museums. Judith Haron adopts materials used then in her illuminated endangered wildlife species works including egg tempera paints, gold leaf, parchment papers, and panels from True Gesso. Calligraphy and raised 23 K gold letters are incorporated with embellished decorative elements, illuminated letters, and spiritual highlights. These archival materials are used to enhance her endangered species collection of mandalas and illuminated alphabets.



  • NYC Grand Central Academy. Graydon Parish. Master Portrait Summer Class. New York City. 2010

  • MFA Program Laguna College of Art and Design. Laguna Beach, CA. 2010

  • NYC Fashion Institute of Technology. Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Illustration. Concentration in Textile Design. New York City. 1982-1986

  • Mentor Program In Illustration. Women’s Wear Daily with fashion illustrator Steven Stipelman. New York City. 1985-1986

  • Stevens College. AA Fashion Design. Columbia, Missouri. 1980-1982



  • Started Laguna Beach company, “The Illuminated Letter” to highlight endangered species. Use archival techniques to make some materials as was done in the illuminated manuscripts of the Renaissance period. 2014.

  • Invited to exhibit by California, Irvine Museum Executive Director, to feature endangered species Illuminated manuscript showcasing more than 29 endangered species for a four-month period. 2014.

  • Started Company, 2006, Fairyland Portraits. Designed custom works depicting magical settings.

  • Designed textiles and graphics for companies including Osh Kush Bigosh, Adolpho, and Christian Dior. 1990’

  • Illustrated the Costume Bible for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Broadway production of Miss Saigon; used as the guide for all future New York and Off-Broadway productions of the show.

  • Began company “Butterfly Studio”, Denver Colorado, which provided artisan painting for interior design wall treatments including murals, wallpapers, Italian.

  • Frescoes using authentic archival materials of gold leaf and Venetian plaster. 1990’s

  • Featured in 1994 Denver Symphony Parade of Homes for creating custom wall finishes and frescoes.

  • Designed custom grand two-story mural of the California coastline for “The Camarillo California Designer Symphony Showcase Home.”

  • Ongoing sales of work to clients and patrons

  • Interviews, Publications, Podcasts. Laguna Beach Arts and Entertainment Section, Stu’s News Laguna Beach Front Page Section, Laguna Beach’s Only FM Station. Ventura County Star Newspaper, Colorado Homes and Life Styles Magazine.



  • San Diego California Museum Artist Guild. Juried Exhibition, “Illuminated.” Dec. 2014

  • Suzi Q Gallery/Laguna Beach Art Museum.Exhibit. “Nature and Conservation.” Oct.2014 – Dec. 2014

  • Friends of the Ballona Wetlands. “Midnight on the Marsh” Gala Silent Auction. Oct. 2014

  • Sawdust Arts Festival. Summer Exhibitor. Selected as Best Artist. Aug. 2014

  • Voted Best New Artist from a field of 26 by more than 200 fellow Sawdust Arts Festival artisans in 2008.

  • Third Place Best Booth by 1st-year artist. Sawdust Arts Festival. Aug. 2014.

  • The Graceful Envelope Contest. Washington D.C.

  • City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Annual Juried Exhibition. “Art That’s Small at City Hall”. First Place Winner for “The Brown Pelican.”

  • Exhibited at first ever FaerieCon Convention, 2008. Showcased prints, posters, fine art fairy portraits. Artist of the year at FaerieCon Convention and featured artist on the website.


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261 Cozumel, Laguna Beach, CA ~ United States 92651

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