Holiday Arts Tour 2010
Featured Artist: Julie Crews
In the weeks leading up to this year’s Holiday Arts Tour, NCLAC will be posting articles about the participating artists here on the blog and on NCLAC’s Facebook page. Julie Crews is our first featured artist. She is new to the Tour this year.
Grown from the hills of North Carolina, Julie Crews is a transplant to Ruston
and lives with her scientific husband and her four very young and spritely children. She is inspired by the small, simple and often poor things in life, and everyday items are a recurrent theme in her work. She finds them encouraging and inspiring. Sharing her talents with others drives her to improve, and allows for a richer and deeper life experience. She enjoys snatching scenes digitally to recall later and is seldom found without her camera. She also enjoys working from life, but a carefully orchestrated still-life is not always safe in her busy home.
Julie on Art
NCLAC: Who is your favorite artist?
JULIE: Dead: John Singer Sargent
Alive: Karin Jurick
NCLAC: What is something that inspires, influences, and/or drives you as an artist?
JULIE: Long ago, I was a maid. The lady of the house considered herself a painter. On the third floor of her white brick, colonial home was her studio. There, shelves lined the room and were filled with books of all sorts. Baskets and interesting containers were stacked on little tables, and canvasses both leaned against and hung on the white walls. In the center of the room was a large table where more items of inspiration were placed, as well as a myriad of supplies. This studio would be the envy of every artist I now know, minus one thing. Use. The dust was thick and the oil tubes were rocks. The most recent painting indicated its creation was in excess of thirty years prior. I was physically sick the day I discovered the room. It was not always easy to admit being impacted so immensely by a negative experience, but I vowed then (as I also considered myself an artist) to never become that person. I will continue to paint… and paint… and paint.
NCLAC: Regarding the “business” of being an artist, how do you promote yourself, and does it work?
JULIE: I just work. I paint and keep my ears open for opportunities to share the work I am producing. I learned years ago that spending a lot of time “promoting” myself kept me from painting, and logistically, that just didn’t work for me.
NCLAC: Do you find yourself more attracted to work that is not like your own, or work that has similarities to yours? Why?
JULIE: I find that the art work I want my paintings to resonate with is what I am attracted to. If I see someone’s art and it has a more sophisticated color pallet than mine, whether the subject matter is similar or not, I am drawn to it. If I see an interesting subject, I take that with me. The art I am drawn to reflects what I want to learn.
Julie on Julie
NCLAC: What one word would you use to describe yourself?
NCLAC: What one word would your friends use to describe you?
NCLAC: What’s one thing about you that few people know?
JULIE: One of my favorite things to do is make a stranger smile.
NCLAC: What is your favorite restaurant?
JULIE: Can you say RAW FISH? Seriously, if I was rich and famous, I would a hire a sushi chef make to make maki rolls for me every day.
NCLAC: What is your favorite book, television, show, website, and/or magazine?
JULIE: My love of television is my dirty little secret. I am an addict. I just don’t seem to have the ability to control myself
when it comes to that little glowing box of colors and voices, which is why I haven’t owned a television in over ten years. Even commercials are exciting to me, so I try to stay away from all of it. I do have to get my “fix” sometimes, though. That’s when I go to NETFLIX and camp out for a while.
NCLAC: What gem of advice would you like to share that someone shared with you?
JULIE: If you share the same bed, the same God, and the same bank account, you will have a happy marriage.
That, and “Paint like a rich man.”