JulieAnn painting live in 2016.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
Before I could verbalize my ideas, I was drawing and trying to create. I am far better at expressing my thoughts through painting than with words.
How long have you been painting?
I have been painting since I was a child, professionally I started selling my work publicly in 2014.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Connection. I thrive on expressing a dimension of life that is beyond the five senses. I strive to capture the extraordinary subtle nature of life and share it with others.
Why do you paint horses?
I am called to paint horses. Horses’ expressions are pure and uninhibited. I want to translate how they mesmerize me onto the canvas.
What is your background?
I always wanted to be an artist. It has. been a winding journey to get here. I have my M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and worked as an engineer and in information technology. I had a successful career, yet I never gave up on my dream. After saving enough money, I found the course to pursue painting full-time. Everything I was learning from painting the human figure transitioned over to the horse, from the anatomy of movement to color theory. My engineering. background also came into place bringing my knowledge of dynamics and physics into my sketches.
Have you won any awards for your artwork?
Yes. My awards started in elementary school when the local CO news featured my drawings. In high school, another form of recognition was my acceptance into NYC art schools.
What is your preferred medium?
Oil. It is more organic and flexible. You can easily play with the viscosity and chroma once you learn how to master the medium. With help, patience, and practice, oil paint will allow you to create any color you desire. Oil paint can render seamless details and also make bold strokes. The more I paint, I want to see the strokes and let the paint express itself.