Hello art friends!
Where did the year go? With the holiday season approaching and the world seemingly (literally?) on fire these past few months, I have been thinking a lot about how to bring joy to others this season.
This past week I have been inundated with emails telling me to buy more stuff. It’s exhausting - for us as humans as well as for the planet.
But there’s such a unique pleasure in giving someone you love a gift they will cherish, and so I’ve been thinking about what it might mean to give art/books/photographs/craft projects as gifts to the people I love.
In my last newsletter (you can read it here), I wrote about how art is less of a good and more an experience, as the very nature of viewing art invites reflection and contemplation. Art also has a unique durability. Unlike sneakers or cars, it can provide value and joy for generations. In its durability, however, also lies a wonderful flexibility – a transmutable quality.
A painting or sculpture or photograph requires interpretation. Visual art demands an exchange with the viewer that makes the experience interactive. And as time passes, as we get older, those interactions develop and change. As we obtain new experiences and as we morph into new versions of ourselves, our perspectives on a piece, our interpretations of what a painting means and how it affects us, shift. So paintings not only maintain relevance but provide new meaning over time. And in this way, art can be deeply, powerfully personal. Does it evoke a childhood memory? Does it transport you to your favorite place? Does it make you think of someone special?
Very few other things have the power to provide such lasting, evolving, and individualized experiences for different beholders, and in this way, I find creative gifts to be truly perfect gifts! (That said, and all of this newsletter aside, I literally asked for a nice clutch purse for this Christmas so it’s not like I am a perfect earth mother who is against the purchase of things haha! I am human!)
MOST IMPORTANTLY: I will be holding an Open Studio on Sunday, December 10 from noon until 4! If you are in the New England area and want to stop by, you can contact me for details here. (It also helps me in terms of ordering food and wine and chocolate for the event). If you are interested in purchasing a piece for yourself or for a loved one this holiday season, please keep in mind that shipping does take time (as does framing), so be sure to order this week if you want to have it before the holidays.
I wish you and your loved ones a cozy holiday season filled with gratitude and peace. I am grateful to each and every one of you for supporting me as an artist and for sharing this journey with me.
A COLLECTION OF RECENT WORKS
See a painting you love? Click on the 'contact' links below to email Julia an inquiry on the piece. There are prints available for some of these paintings as well, and if you are particularly interested in a print that doesn't exist yet, Julia may be able to make one for you.
Prices range from $800 to $10,500 (I also offer payment plans for pieces!)
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