I am Julie Davis Veach and I am an abstract expressionist artist. I primarily use water-based media, including but not limited to acrylics, enamel, ink, and oil pastel to create my paintings, because of the versatility and freedom they provide. You will find that I frequently use a warm pallet and have found that I resonate the most with magenta and pink tones. I explore arts’ healing potential, and the subconscious/unconscious mind in my painting as well as nature and our connection to it and each other. I choose to express states of being that inspire self-reflection, joy, healing, gratitude, and connection. I also love to create work that is intentional and feminine, visceral and sensual. I do this by balancing the presence of the artist hand and the elements of design at play.
I decided to become a full-time artist in 2019 but I’ve been creative for much of my life. Some of the great abstract expressionist artists of our past including Claude Monet, Joan Mitchell, and Richard Diebenkorn are all inspirations for my process. Other master artists that have inspired my work are Frida Khalo, a Mexican Surrealist artist, remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, with bold, vibrant colors, as well as Gustav Klimt, an Austrian symbolist/Art Nouveau painter. I enjoy using thick lines of paint and bright strokes throughout my paintings. Sometimes I will use an aggressive mingling of colors, shapes and forms that create an experience of pure thought and emotion. In every painting, my objective is to use color as a tool for self-evaluation and healing. I want my work to be both confronting and comforting.
I am greatly inspired by nature, and the ability it has to heal and connect us all. With the information age upon us, at times, there is an imbalance ofs hyper-connectivity and yet loneliness all at once. We can always return back to art, however, for solace and reflection. Art for me is a reminder of my humanity, my connection to all that is, and my power to choose how I want to feel and how I want to create my life. No matter how busy and chaotic life around me may feel, my mental health requires me to stop what I’m doing and enjoy making art on a regular basis. I want people to feel that soul connection when they look at my work. I want them to feel the promise of a brighter future. Together we can make a positive difference in our world- for ourselves and each other. This is why I paint and this is why I am an artist today.