Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Schumer.
Julie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started painting at age four or five and continued till high school. My parents stressed the importance of being able to earn a living, and being a practical sort of person, I went to law school after graduating from college and have been a practicing criminal defense appellate attorney for years as a solo practitioner. About 20 years ago, as my children approached college age, I began to really feel an overwhelming yearning to paint and coincidentally ran into an old friend, now my spouse, who intuited this, came over to my house one evening with a piece of wood and acrylic paints, and commanded me to paint. I did and the floodgates opened. Several years later, he and I moved to Santa Fe and began painting in earnest. Not long thereafter, I began exhibiting and selling my work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have been an abstract expressionist painter since I first held a paintbrush. The boldness and freshness of that style appealed to me even then. My abstracts are about movement and energy, a celebration of life and joy, containing marks that dance across the canvas. Working with acrylic paint and on occasion drawing tools, I start by introducing line, color, and shapes in a gestural way on either paper, canvas or birch panel, then respond to their development. I move these elements around, adding and removing paint in multiple layers, using a variety of tools. In this way, a painting pulls and pushes itself to completion. I have had the good fortune to live in New Mexico for a number of years, where the landscape, never-ending sky and light are captivating in all seasons and have served as my inspiration. More recently, my paintings have focused on my own interior landscape, guided by my intuition and emotion and are containers of my spirit.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
For me, I define success in the arts as the satisfying creation of authentic work, regardless of whether it ever leaves the studio. To be successful as an artist, he or she must be persevering, patient, be willing to experiment, be obsessed with the creative process and create work with integrity.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work may be seen on my website, www.julieschumer.com and at various galleries. These include Selby Fleetwood Gallery, in Santa Fe, NM, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, in Lafayette, CA, Wilde Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Pez Gordo Galleria in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I also exhibit my work in various national art fairs.
Aside from purchasing it, people can support my work and really, any artist’s work, by acknowledging it and the effort it took to create it, as well as by sharing it on various social media platforms.
- Website: www.julieschumer.com
- Phone: 505-603-1259
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julieschumerartist
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julieschumerart
Grant Taylor, Julie Schumer