Julia Ralston

Painting out of doors and in the studio, Julia’s work expresses movement and color using large, loose brushstrokes and a variety of application methods. A sense of depth links viewer and artist to a particular place without providing every detail, leaving plenty of room for conversation. Over the last 15 years her work has been included in numerous juried shows throughout the Carolinas, including Carolinas Got Art! in Charlotte, NC and the North Carolina Artist Exhibition in Raleigh, NC. One of her paintings was recently chosen for the set of the TV series “Reckless”, filmed in Charleston, SC. Her work hangs in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the US. 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 usually find her out in the field painting directly from life ~”alla prima”~ or gathering material for new work.

Artist’s Statement

I love the physicality of getting something down fast on paper or canvas, so after the initial prep I work 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, sometimes working on up to 6 or 7 paintings at a time. My alla prima work is mostly about perceptual painting and color nuance, again, painting as quickly as possible to finish in one session.

Lately I’ve been trusting my instincts and experimenting with imaginative color and composition. Landscape is often my starting point, but I’m really more interested in the environment created on the 2-D surface than with the original motif. It’s been a learning process to narrow my focus and not try to say everything on every canvas.