In this week's episode, Julie Schumer shares with us her love for abstract art and the wisdom she found in the process, which applies to life itself. Julie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began painting at age five and continued through high school. She was an abstract expressionist early on, being chastised by her elementary school teachers for her drippy non-realist work. In college her practical nature asserted itself, and she became a lawyer instead of an artist. For many years she had her own practice as an appellate lawyer specializing in criminal appeals. During those years, she married, raised a family, and collected art, wishing all the while she had painted what she collected. Unfortunately, the many demands of her career and family stopped her from picking up a paintbrush again.
Finally, in 2000, she reconnected with an old friend, artist James Koskinas. He sensed her long suppressed desire to create art and asked her why she wasn't painting. Julie answered she didn't know. Koskinas brought her several pieces of wood, acrylic paint and a few brushes and said, "Paint." She hasn't stopped painting since. In 2002, the pair relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they paint side by side companionably in their studio, a modern-day Pollack and Krasner.
Julie is largely self-taught. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and is in many private collections. She has participated in several museum shows. In 2014, Julie was invited to teach a loosening up painting workshop for the West Texas Watercolor Society in Lubbock, Texas. This was the beginning of her discovery of her love of teaching expressive painting workshops, first in her Santa Fe studio, and now online with Atlanta-based artist Cat Tesla.
Julie's work has been exhibited widely across the United States in galleries, art fairs and other forums in many private collections and is now part of the collection of the Tucson airport in Tucson, Arizona.
Follow Julie's art: @julieschumerartist
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