Julia's work is concerned with capturing the visual impression of a moment and its energy, particularly light and color. Details are intentionally omitted with the intention of allowing the viewer’s brain to subconsciously fill in the blanks.
Thickness of paint—impasto—is another key element of Julia’s work. “My work is as much about the interplay of paint and surface as it is the subject itself,” explains Julia.
When I paint, I think that what would satisfy me is to... make everything more beautiful. -- Fairfield Porter.
Julia’s artwork is characterized by expressionistic use of color, gestural brushstrokes and exciting palette knife work.
“My desire is to give narration to beauty that captivated my attention in the first place, and for my marks to reflect that vitality.
“Beauty matters. It is necessary for life. It is not superfluous, not a luxury. Healthy living includes a regular practice of feasting upon beauty and goodness, meditating on it, showing gratitude for it. Creating art and gazing at it is good for the soul,” says Julia.
One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.--Vincent VanGogh
As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Julia supplemented her journalism degree with drawing classes. There she discovered a love for figure drawing. Julia and husband Bruce’s four teenage daughters Chandler, Lydia, Emma and Claire are her main muses. And, fairly often, unsuspecting people in whatever landscape Julia is admiring will also show up in her work.
My art exploration parallels my faith. There’s no end to the journey, but the reward is a wellspring of revelation that helps me know myself, the world, and my God more fully.
Julia was continually recognized and awarded for her artistic talent throughout her school years. Born in Atlanta, Julia relocated to St. Simons Island, Georgia, with her family at age 12. The privilege of growing up in such a beautiful location marked her with an ever-insatiable desire to immerse herself in nature.
Julia earned a BA in Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’90), which she supplemented with drawing and art history courses. While employed at Savannah College of Art and Design, and later, the Charlotte Observer, she continued pursuing art through night classes in everything from stained glass and woodworking to ceramics and pastels.
As a young mother, Julia's artistic outlets included creating artwork alongside her four daughters, teaching elementary art at their school, and docenting at the Cabarrus County Arts Council. She began oil painting in 2014 under the mentorship of nationally renowned artist and teacher, Andy Braitman.
Julia paints and resides in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Bruce, four teenage daughters, and black Labrador Lincoln, who are constantly forgiving her for not having dinner ready on time, crowding the garage with canvases, and leaving traces of paint everywhere.
Julia recently received the immense honor of having her painting, “Where My Help Comes From”, selected for ArtPopCLT Class of 2018. Look for it starting in January on billboards and other public places in the greater Charlotte area.
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