As Julia records her impressions of light and color, details are intentionally omitted, allowing the viewer to subconsciously fill in the blanks.
Thickness of paint—impasto—is another key element of Julia’s work. “It’s as much about the interplay of paint and surface as it is about the subject itself,” explains Julia.
”My aim is visual poetry: simultaneously elusive and evocative, inviting the viewer on a journey that speaks life to the soul.”
“My desire is to give narration to beauty that captivated my attention in the first place, and for my marks to reflect that vitality,” says Julia.
“Finding beauty in everyday life is vital. It is not superfluous or a luxury. Healthy living includes a regular practice of feasting upon beauty and goodness, meditating on it, showing gratitude for it. Art appreciation is good for the spirit.”
“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.”
THE FIGURE OBSERVED
As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Julia earned a journalism degree, with an elective concentration in art. There she discovered a love for figure drawing and art history.
Julia and her husband Bruce are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters. Chandler, Lydia, Emma and Claire are Julia’s main muses for figurative paintings. And fairly often, friends and unsuspecting strangers will also show up in her work.
Julia was continually recognized and awarded for her artistic talent throughout her school years. Born in Atlanta, Julia and her family moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, when she was 12. She secretly envied her schoolmates who were marsh muck natives, and spent countless hours exploring on her bike.
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.
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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