Judy Cotton was born in Broken Hill Australia and grew up in Oberon and Bathurst. She studied at Sydney University, East Sydney Technical College, Victoria University in New Zealand and the institute of Fine Arts in New York City. She lived and worked in South Korea and Japan before immigrating to the USA in 1970, where her work is represented in many major collections. She lives and works in New York City and Connecticut. Judy has exhibited widely both internationally and in Australia and is well known in the USA for her work in encaustics.