Primarily a painter, I think in terms of three-dimensional space and also make painted sculptures and installations.
Sometimes I work from sight, sometimes I sketch and plan, and other times the process is pure intuition, a response to whatever fascinating story or dilemma I am tuned to. As a result, my work is multi-faceted, and all joined by a common thread of whimsy-- though whimsy is not the exact word.
Now based in a small town in Eastern North Carolina, I have spent over twenty years working and teaching in the Middle East and Europe, studying arts and languages. All of this feeds into my thought processes and takes me to an organic visual world of Surrealism, humor, cartoon, and pattern.
| Fort Edgecomb (Maine) 2010|
|Foca (Turkey) 1999|
Inspiration (living): Shirley Jaffe Stanley Whitney Joanne Greenbaum Amy Sillman Peter Doig Franz Ackermann Richard Tuttle Jessica Stockholder Gregory Amenoff Georg Baselitz
Others: Goya George Inness Maria Lassnig Fairfield Porter Omer Oluc Elizabeth Murray Stuart Davis Burhan Dogancay Al Held Fikret Mualla Franz West Natalia Goncharova Joaquin Sorolla Richard Diebenkorn David Park Juan Gris so many others...
BA Vassar College 1988
MFA University of Delaware 1995
Certificate, Topkapi Palace 2002
|Hatta (UAE/Oman border) 2011|
illustration/commissions at https://www.behance.net/juliatownsend