About The Artist

Judith TateFor about 20 years I worked in the commercial fishing industry -- seafood processor, deck hand, vessel owner/operator, and favorite, net-builder. I am the first woman to graduate from URI's Commercial Fisheries and Marine Technology program and recently earned a U.S. Coast Guard Master's License.

In the mid-1990s, I changed careers to graphic design and publishing, received a certificate in Computer Graphics Production from RISD Continuing Education, and "abandoned" motor vessels for sail. (Not for long, though, as I have just added an 18 ft lobster boat to my fleet!)

Then, in 2001, while learning to design websites, I purchased a digital camera (websites have to have photos!). As my interest in photography grew, I upgraded to a Canon Digital SLR with an assortment of Canon and Sigma lenses and began taking classes in photography at RISD CE.

My main photographic subjects are the things I love: the ocean, boats and sailing, kite flying, travel and nature. A series of my photos are part of the Rhode Island African American Music Heritage Oral History Project: The Rhythm and Blues Era, in the Rhode Island Historical Society Graphics Collection. One of my recent projects is photographing the construction of the wind turbine generator here in Portsmouth.

I have traveled to Nova Scotia, Bermuda, Iceland, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I have been to the Arctic Circle and the Equator and am looking forward to the Antarctic Circle one of these days.

Oh -- the lobster boat I mentioned above... In addition to using it to haul lobster pots (I have my recreational license), it is my photo chase boat!

Member Organizations:
Photographers’ Guild of the Newport Art Museum
Portsmouth Arts Guild
South County Art Association
Save the Bay
Mystic Seaport


Langjokull Glacier, IcelandLangjokull Glacier, Iceland


GalapagosGalapagos Islands



  Lobstering with my crew, David