Artist Julia Ralston
Painting out of doors and in the studio, Julia's work expresses movement and color using loose brushwork and a variety of application methods. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in the United States. One of her paintings was recently chosen for the set of the TV series "Reckless", filmed in Charleston, SC. She maintains a summer studio in the North Carolina mountains and winters in the South Carolina Lowcountry. If she's not in the studio, you can find her out on the trail stalking birds and new compositions.
"I love the physicality of getting something down fast on paper or canvas, so after the initial prep work I paint quickly to record the essence of the image. As the painting develops, I slow down and work in stages until I'm satisfied with the result.
Lately I've been trusting my instincts and experimenting with imaginative color and composition. Landscape is often my starting point, and I'm really more interested in the environment created on the 2-D surface than with the original motif. After all, I'm making a painting, not stamping an exact likeness of the natural world. It's been a learning process to narrow my focus and not try to say everything on every canvas."
Awards and Exhibitions:
Crossnore Invitational Paint Out, Avery County, NC June 2014
Caldwell Arts Council Exhibition, 4-person show, Lenoir, NC April 2014
Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC, Juried Group Exhibition 2014
Crossnore Invitational paint-out, Avery County, NC June 2013
Best in Show, Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC: Juried Group Exhibition 2013
Crossnore Fine Art Gallery, Crossnore, NC; solo show September 2012
Leggiadro at Kiawah Spring Exhibition, ArtWalk at Freshfields February 2012
Best in Show, Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC; Juried Group Exhibition 2012
Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC; Juried Group Exhibition 2011
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