Julie M. Gratien
Flower & Garden Painter
"Julie doesn't live in a black and white world, nor does she paint one!"
Judith Haynes Levins, Watercolor Artist
Passion for Color
My life is filled with color, the driving force behind my artwork. As a student at Syracuse University I fell in love with color and all it has to offer. I think, dream and speak in color. By accentuating the colors in my subjects, I seek to transfer my passion for color and evoke positive feelings of joy, hope and serenity. My art is my way of sharing my color-filled world.
As a lifelong learner, I continue to search and look for new discoveries in nature. I’m drawn to nature’s jewels, not taking any for granted. I become excited when I come upon a new blossom, feel peace among the forest trees, feel amazed at reflections in water and have an incredible sense of joy observing flower gardens.
I live for change. Part of change is experimenting with traditional materials and methods. My mixed media collage technique began with the purchase of a single piece of fibrous paper followed by a series of “What ifs?” What if I tore this? What if I painted on this? What happens if I add more paint to the edge? What if I layer these papers? Developing a unique mixed media process is very satisfying.
Sharing through Teaching
My 20+ years as an art educator has enabled me to learn so much from my students and mutually share the joy of creating. My contribution to humanity is to spread my positive outlook and my gift of hope. I strive to convey this attitude through my art.