Hi, I'm Juliana.An artist and art instructor dedicated to capturing the gift of the present moment.
You know the feeling? You got up in the dark and hiked to most amazing spot to watch the sunrise, you stop out of breath, you made it with 6 minutes to spare. You crack open your thermos of coffee to wait, and watch. The blue slowly turns to yellow and then pink, you are aware of every whistle of the wind, and song of the birds around you.
You are in the flow, the moment, fully alive and fully present.
You might also know when you have not been mindful, you stop and ask “what were you saying?” or you drive somewhere and arrive, not really knowing how you got there because you were so lost in thought.
My attempt at mindfulness began with memorizing a monologue for my 8th grade advanced theater try outs. I chose Emily Webb’s monologue from Thorton Wilder’s play “Our Town”. In the play, Emily leaves her grave and goes back to look at the world, and she notices how much life she missed while she was living.
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?” -Emily Webb
Today, it is my practice, my daily struggle to be aware of the gift of the moment: it is even called “present.” Everyday I try to taste the coffee, watch the sunrise, notice the flowers, smiles, and changing light.
In my own art, I use light and color to bring out beauty in everyday life, whether that is a trail I have hiked 100 times, or my son hanging laundry on a line. In that way I use my art as a reminder of where to find beauty all around us, and to slow down in our daily lives so that we may see it.
I'M HERE TO HELP YOU
My art is a combination of practice, visual reminder, and record. My hope is to be aware of the beauty around me so that I can remember and record it, and through the process of making art, perhaps inspire others to notice the beauty that surrounds them in their daily lives.
I’m here to help you learn to see the beauty all around you.
I PAINT EVERY DAY
Every day I try to capture something beautiful in paint, to remember, to remind myself and others to slow down and smell the roses. Many of these pieces of art are for sale, ready to bring beauty to your home.
Does one of my rooster paintings remind you of your grandparents’ farm and a simpler time? Perhaps a wall in your kitchen would be the perfect place for that reminder!
I TEACH ART CLASSES
I’ve been teaching art for over 10 years. In the summer, I’m an artist in residence at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico; I get to live and teach where Georgia O’Keefe painted – how lucky am I!
I also teach plein air pastel and oil workshops in north Texas.
If you want to grow as an artist and take your skills and practice to a whole new level, consider joining one of my classes.
In my classes, I strive to create a balance that allows enough freedom so that students can create their own art, and enough direction to ensure success. Aside from the end-goal of finished art, I think the process should be enjoyed, and I work hard to create an environment that allows for that.