Ju­lia Veen­stra

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Ju­lia Veen­stra is a colour­ful and lively painter. She uses light, shadow and move­ment in her work, and is at­tracted to shape and pat­tern. This is re­flected in her paint­ing style termed "im­pres­sion­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tional". Neg­a­tive space to Ju­lia is as in­ter­est­ing as pos­i­tive and is of­ten the fo­cus of a piece. She works back­wards from the pos­i­tive in the im­age and paints the back­ground last. This is a lay­ered tech­nique that suits her art well. Ju­lia has a de­sire to grow and ex­pand in her ex­pres­sion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the world around her and to re­spond to that mo­ment in time that re­quires trans­la­tion onto can­vas. "When I ex­hibit my work I am al­ways pleased with the re­sponse that it brings. "It makes me happy" is a term I hear of­ten. I en­joy this, as be­ing happy is a state I try to live in. Paint­ing is fun and my work re­flects that. I have to paint. It is as I breathe." Ju­lia Veen­stra is a vi­brant and im­pres­sion­is­tic painter. She strives to cap­ture a mo­ment in time that brings com­fort to the viewer. As an artist she loves to trans­late those spe­cial mo­ments. Mo­ments that will trans­port her to an un­der­stand­ing of whole­ness and peace. Whether it is how the light hits the trees, the shapes of the shad­ows stretch­ing long on the fields, or the man­made shapes of homes erected for the pur­pose of hous­ing loved ones. "I am at­tracted to those mo­ments that stir up com­fort, those scents that cause a rush of deep mem­o­ries, As a child, (a cre­ative one) I was raised by a sin­gle mom. We took walks through neigh­bour­hoods and I dreamed of the

"whole" fam­i­lies that must live in­side the homes we strolled by. This caused an ob­ser­va­tion of the world around me of those mo­ments that hold rich and sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. I de­sire to cap­ture those mo­ments." As an artist, Ju­lia loves to trans­late those spe­cial mo­ments with vi­brant colour and ex­pres­sive strokes, al­low­ing the paint to de­velop its own sig­na­ture within the im­age. A strong de­sire to por­tray light and its ef­fects, the un­cov­er­ing of de­tail or shape de­fines her drive. "My work re­flects, con­sciously or not, a con­nec­tion with one’s past or a time of se­cu­rity. Whole­ness is de­fined, not by tra­di­tion, but by what ful­fills," says Ju­lia. Home is dif­fer­ent to ev­ery per­son. But we all have con­nect­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that cause us to col­lec­tively "re­mem­ber" and feel safe. We re­flect on the cre­ation of beauty and sea­sons that con­tin­u­ously march on. Ju­lia’s hope is "to cap­ture the mo­ments that cause a heart to skip."

above, Moraine Lake, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 48" right top, Up­hill Hike, acrylic on can­vas, 60" x 36" right bot­tom, A Walk Around Lake Louise, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 36"

Rest Stop, acrylic on can­vas, 60" x 48"

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