Escaping the client maze
Julie explains how a piece rejected by a client ended up being one of her favourite paintings Ariadne and the Minotaur is an epic painting, complex in light and composition. “This is my take on the myth of the minotaur in the labyrinth,” Julie says. “Ariadne is going to take matters into her own hands. I really enjoy working with slightly abstracted and surreal elements when I’m given the opportunity or when it makes sense to do so.”
The opportunity arose as part of a commission. When the client decided the image wasn’t what they were looking for, Julie forgot about the piece. When she next looked over Ariadne and the Minotaur, she liked the concept so much she decided to complete it as a personal project, rejuvenating her love of painting for painting’s sake.
“I was asked to make thumbnails for a commissioned project. I really liked this idea and layout, but the client wanted me to go in a different direction. So, a while later, I went back and revisited the concept and ended up finishing it on my own. Now it’s one of my favourite pieces.”