Julie is an American contemporary artist living and working in Indiana.
She earned an Associates from Central Texas College, a BFA (Fine Art) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas and is a MA (Web and New Media) candidate with the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California.
Julie has exhibited nationally, received public and private commissions, and has been awarded for her fine art and graphic design. In addition to juried exhibitions and professional portfolio exchanges, Davis Veach served as the Senior Graphic Designer for the Public Affairs and Marketing Office (PAO), Headquarters of Darnall Army Medical Center, as well as an Official Army Photographer and Multi-media Specialist for the Directorate of Information Management (DOIM) and as Web Master for Fort Carson’s Network Enterprise Center (NEC).
She has five amazing grown children and an extraordinary six-year old. She lives in Zionsville with her husband, son, and cat, Galaxy.
Her art practice is a vital part of her self-care routine. She aims to create an awareness for the healing power of art and inspire other artists to create and share art in the community as a way to connect and encourage unity, healing, and personal growth.
Through her artwork, Julie supports various charities that promote social justice and equality for people and animals. Julie currently exhibits and sells her work online at www.JulieDavisVeach.com.
I express resiliency through my art. Despite traumas and challenges I choose to use the creative process as an opportunity to heal and overcome them.
In 2019 I decided to become a full-time artist (after raising my oldest children and when my youngest started school) but have always been involved in artistic endeavors since childhood.
There is an overwhelming need for light and healing in the world today and I can’t ignore the voice that keeps reminding me “be the change you wish to see.” Art, for me, is a reminder of and a way to share my humanity, my purpose, my connection to all that is. It is a way to empower my ability to choose how I want to feel and how I want to literally create my life and impact others. Art can do that!
I primarily use water-based media, including but not limited to acrylics, enamel, ink, crayons, and pencils to create my paintings, because of the versatility and freedom they provide. I explore arts’ healing potential and choose to express states of being that inspire self-reflection, joy, healing, gratitude, and connection. I love to create work that is intentional and feminine, visceral and sensual. I do this by balancing the presence of the artist hand and the elements of design at play.
Some of the great artists of our past such as Claude Monet (French impressionist Master), Joan Mitchell (American expressionist Master), Frida Khalo (Mexican surrealist artist known for her self-portraits, pain, passion, and bold vibrant colors) as well as Gustav Klimt (Austrian symbolist painter) are all inspirations for my process. I enjoy using thick lines of paint and bright strokes throughout my paintings.
In every painting, my objective is to use color as a tool for self-evaluation and healing and then to share this healing experience with the viewer. I want my work to be both confronting and comforting. My goal is to create art that provides the viewer with an intellectual, spiritual, and healing experience - to feel the promise of a brighter future, the power to choose their reality, despite their circumstances, and to connect through compassion.
No matter how busy and chaotic life around me may feel, I can always return to art, for solace and reflection. My mental health requires me to do so- to stop what I’m doing and enjoy making art on a regular basis.
Art is the act of resilience. Together we can make a positive difference in our world- for ourselves and each other. This is why I paint and why I am an artist today.
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