Julie Schumer began painting at age 5 and continued through high school. She was an abstract expressionist early on, being chastised by her elementary school teachers for her drippy non-realist work.
In college her practical nature asserted itself and she became a lawyer instead of an artist. In the following years she collected art, wishing all the while she had painted what she collected.
Finally, in 2000, she reconnected with an old friend, artist James Koskinas. He sensed her long suppressed desire to create art and asked her why she wasn’t painting. Schumer answered she didn’t know. Koskinas brought her several pieces of wood, acrylic paint and a few brushes and said, “Paint.” Schumer hasn’t stopped painting since. She and Koskinas joined forces and moved to New Mexico from the Bay Area, California, in 2002. They paint companionably together in their Santa Fe studio, a modern day Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner.
Since reengaging with her art, Schumer has studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and with artists Robert Burridge, Mira White and Edward Gilliam. Her paintings immediately resonated with viewers. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and is in many private collections.
“I paint medium and large format abstracts in an expressionist and gestural style. My current body of work, begun in mid 2018, involves the exploration of coming and going, of appearing and disappearing lines and shapes, created with a variety of drawing tools and acrylic paint, as well as a limited palette, which when completed are multi layered and complex. The lines are both agitated and controlled, with forms emerging and dissolving simultaneously. The softly colored surfaces appear to glow from within as a result of the effect of many layers of thinly applied paint rubbed on and off the canvas, panel or paper. The works incorporate both intense raw emotion and quiet tranquility and are a reflection of my recent experiences at any given time. They are at once mysterious, moody, luminous yet airy, elegant yet powerful, and range from the contemplative and atmospheric to the stormy, reflecting my own interior landscape, and on occasion, my reaction to my physical surroundings. My purpose is to give voice to what is felt but unseen.”