Green and Gold Paintings

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality’ – Picasso

This sums up how I work when I paint.

I begin with an image, and with layers of oils, acrylics, mixed media, resins, gold leaf & spray paint. As they all layer over each other, they begin to fragment the image , to destroy the form , ungoverned, no limits. For me it's about about nature and emergence.

I have learned to let go of expecting something from my painting, now I just let it be what it is, with its own voice. The more I expected something, the more I felt I was forcing it.

I'm interested in creating an emotional impact of colour, texture & atmosphere. Balance. Beauty. That's when it takes on a life of its own.  I want it to influence a space in a positive way. To make you feel something..

It's important to loose yourself in the work without worrying of the end result. And actually,  when you bathe in the uncertainty and don't worry about the end result, that's when I actually create something worth my time.

My love for sunnier climates and the Mediterranean had something to do with the colour palette and the peaches and minty greens of my Mallorca photos. (taken on my film camera). Luminosity was something I felt I could create in my photography but also wanted to create that in my paintings. Uplifting, beautiful, bold, Meditteranean inspired colours.


Katie Julia