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"