Julia Veenstra, Rest Stop, 2016
Julia Veenstra, artist
Often, and quite distractingly, how I see the world is translated into “how can I paint that?” Let me be the passenger in a car as I will want to observe the surroundings, capture how the lights and shadows are playing out and generally take mental snapshots of where I am.
I am a colourful and lively painter. I use light, shadow and movement in my work and am attracted to shape and pattern. This is reflected in my painting style that I have termed “impressionistic representational”. Negative space to me is as interesting as positive and is often the focus of a piece. I work backwards from the positive in the image and paint the background last. This is a layered technique that suits me well and I enjoy what happens.
I have travelled extensively and lived in four different countries. My years in Africa pulled from me a response that required colour and movement. Upon returning to Canada I am fascinated by the turn my painting has taken. Not turning from but building upon what I learned in Africa to create a body of work recently that reflects me today. I am daily challenged by my environment. I desire to grow and expand in my expression and interpretation of the world around me 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 am a studio painter and enjoy my days in my studio/gallery in Hamilton Ontario. My work is presently represented by galleries from Montreal to Kelowna. I have to paint. It is as I breathe.