To achieve the desired effect, Jude and his co-workers put a nicotine wash on the set to replicate the dinginess of cigarette smoke. They also used their shoes to scuff the walls and floors.
Among other unusual jobs, Jude worked on restoring the original murals in the Flagler College dining hall. The hall is intricately detailed with scenes of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. The school, a former upscale hotel owned by Henry Flagler, is a historical landmark in St. Augustine.
Although Jude’s painting company keeps him busy, he finds a way to balance his love of visual arts with his love of music.
“I’m a painter by day, musician by night,” Jude says.
Jude has performed in several bands including The Michelle Payne Band and Lovecraft USA. He plays a variety of music styles as well as instruments, including the keyboard, organ, bass, guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin and of course, the saxophone.
Jude has impressively taught himself how to play almost all of these instruments.
“I just kind of picked them up,” he says.
Jude’s family, as well as various artists of different musical genres, have influenced and inspired his music. He listens to a combination of musical styles including The Flaming Lips, Emmylou Harris, Tortoise and Bob Dylan.
While he characterizes his current band’s music as more of a rock ‘n’ roll style, Jude loves jazz, country, alternative and even classical music.
One of his favorite things to do is go to the symphony, he says.
“I love going there and watching big groups just make one sound,” he says.
In terms of writing music and painting, Jude draws inspiration from life’s everyday activities.
“They just kind of make you think,” he says.