Jennifer Judd-McGee '92 owns and operates Swallowfield, an art shop and studio in Northeast Harbor, Maine.Jennifer Judd-McGee '92 owns and operates Swallowfield, an art shop and studio in Northeast Harbor, Maine.When Northeast Harbor artist Jennifer Judd-McGee was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple sclerosis, she was terrified that drawing — a source of relaxation for her since she was a child, and an artistic passion that was rapidly becoming a career — would become too painful to keep doing. She couldn’t hold a pen or pencil for more than an hour before it started to hurt too much.

“It was really devastating. Things were just getting going for me, as an artist. But then I discovered paper cutting, and it was just such a relief,” said Judd McGee. “Just the way you hold the knife is, for some reason, so much better on my hands than holding a pen.”

Though she still draws when she feels able to, and her MS is under much better control today than it was back then, paper cutting has become the style of art Judd-McGee is most known for.

Her designs have been seen all over the country, in fact — she’s licensed them to the likes of Target, Hallmark, Land of Nod, Timberland and the New York City Transit Authority, as well as, more locally, Friends of Acadia and Portland-based Taproot Magazine.

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