"Red Rocks" as seen in Mindy Kaling's home, Architectural Digest, July 12, 2017
The coast of Maine, jagged and sharp with color; the wood on old, beloved barns; the bounce of boats and sunlight in the sea; the flawed elegance of birch trees: these are my muses. Growing up in New England, I've been inspired by the woods, water, mountains and rocky shores throughout my life. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I loved exploring pockets of green inside the city. The vibrancy of my hometown, along with the colorful characters that reside within it, impacts my landscapes by injecting hypercolor into scenes of nature. It is also why fences and telephone poles – markers of modernity often intertwined with nature – are a favorite subject.
Recently, much of my work has been influenced by the poet Robert Frost. As many critics have noted about Frost, a complex darkness often lay beneath his lyrical, New Englandy verse. As a landscape painter with strong political convictions, I am caught between my desire to capture a landscape beautifully and signal my distress about what is happening to the natural world. And increasingly – because of human behavior – the landscape is lashing out against us – in the form of storms, water, heat and other extremes. Indeed, given the political climate and the lack of accountable, ethical and scientific people leading governmental environmental agencies, I find myself increasingly preoccupied with how to portray the landscape in a way that makes people give a damn.
About the Artist
Birch Series 6 2016
Julia lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and holds degrees from Stanford and Yale. Julia has recently been profiled in Boston Magazine, with her paintings also featured in Marie Claire Magazine and Architectural Digest. She was chosen as the VIP print artist for the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston 2017 Summer Gala. Previous VIP prints artists have paintings in the permanent collection of the MFA Boston. In 2017, her painting Haiku was accepted into the juried 2017 MFA Boston Summer Auction Show. In 2016, Julia’s painting Birch Series 6 was accepted into the juried MFA Boston Summer Auction Show and was the highest-selling and most bid-on painting at the Auction.
Her artwork was also featured on the television show "The Mindy Project" (formerly on FOX and Hulu). Her paintings can also be found in many private collections across the United States, Canada, Europe South America and Asia.
Commissions: If you especially love a piece that has been sold, or you have a painting idea in mind, please contact Julia about the subject matter and color range that spark your interest and she can create a new painting just for you.
A portion of the profits from the sale of each piece go to benefit two organizations: 1) Agora Partnerships' Accelerate Women Now initiative to level the playing field for women innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs who are forging the path to a more gender-equal economy in Latin America and 2) the National Resources Defense Fund, an organization that works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants, and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Two Masted Sailboats, as seen on "The Mindy Project", Prints Available
Ella Fitzgerald, the artist's dog, inspects her work.
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