Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Chandler Lawing.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have always drawn but found my true passion when I started oil painting in 2014. I fell in love with the combination of impasto, color and mark making. I was born in Atlanta and we moved to St. Simons Island in 1980 (I was 12) where I lived until attending college. Those years of living in the Golden Isles marked me with a love of nature, light and landscapes forever. At UNC-Chapel Hill, I majored in journalism, but life drawing and art history classes were really what lit a fire in me. While working full time, I took college night classes in anything and everything creative. from woodworking to stained glass to ceramics. When my daughters were small, I fed my creativity by making art with them, docenting at our local arts council, and teaching art at their elementary school. I took a few workshops here and there, but when I started classes at Braitman Studio, something clicked and I knew I’d found my calling.
Please tell us about your art.
I am primarily an oil painter, working in a contemporary impressionistic style on canvas, wood and paper. My subjects are whatever life is sending my way: landscapes, whether coastal or mountain, rural or urban; wildlife; architecture; figures. My favorite muses are our four teenage daughters. I paint because it feeds my soul to meditate on the beautiful, and then send it back out into the world in my own unique way. My hope is that my work is life-giving and uplifting to viewers.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
It’s never too late to begin. All your life experiences feed into your work. Constantly cultivate creativity.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be viewed on my website, www.julialawing.com, or by personal appointment, or in person at Elements Bistro in Lyons, GA; Visual Index in Winston-Salem, NC; and in upcoming shows (including Jekyll Island, GA, and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC) which are noted on me on my website under the “Locations” tab. I would love for people to follow me on Instagram and Facebook, and to become collectors of my work! I am in the process of setting up an ecommerce site, but in the meantime, inquiries/phone sales are always welcome.
I was also honored to win a spot in the ArtPopStreetGallery for 2018, so my ArtPop winning piece is on display on billboards, digital displays and newsracks in the greater Charlotte region throughout the year.
Please see http://www.artpopstreetgallery.com/
- Website: www.julialawing.com
- Phone: 704-796-8253
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @julialawingart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julialawingfineart/