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Julie Hammond

For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing. I probably learned more about art by drawing with my siblings
in my childhood home than I have from any professional teachers or art classes. I think I learned a lot
because we enjoyed what we were doing—love of the arts was a way of life for us. My sisters and brother
taught me many useful things: Marcia — color and concept, Max — a multitude of techniques,
Kirk — the importance of line in design, and Joan — beauty, proportion, and style.

When I began college, I intended to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, but it soon became clear that it wasn't in the cards.
The artistic community at that time had little patience for representational artists, and I have always been one.
Most teachers tried to reshape me into an abstract artist or modernist, but that expression, that outlook, is utterly alien
to me. So I changed course and decided to just do art independently, as I pleased, without the degree. It was one of the
best decisions I ever made because it kept my inspiration true and my spirit free.

My influences are wide, from the earlier favorites Michelangelo, Bernini, Rembrandt, and Friedrich, to late 19th-century
artists generally and artists of the Symbolist movements in particular. My favorite 19th century artists are
Van Gogh, Levy-Dhurmer, Carriere, Bocklin, and Delville.


To learn more about Symbolism, click:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts)

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/symb/hd_symb.htm

 

"Art can be felt and understood. Believe your eyes—choose art that is meaningful to you."
Julie Hammond

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