Judith Schermer’s paintings are representational but not photo-realistic; painted in a style which has been referred to as “contemporary realism”. The paintings combine imaginary elements with others from sketches and photographs taken by the artist to create images which convey a strong sense of place and time. She often uses sun and shadow to emphasize a uniqueness of a moment. She contrasts geometric shapes, especially those formed by parts of buildings and the shadows cast on them with plant forms and other curved shapes. She also uses windows effectively, playing with the paradox of glass as opaque and reflective or transparent. The paintings create the illusion of the viewer being drawn into the picture, seeing into spaces that would be invisible from another angle, and of almost being able to peek around corners.