Focus On Line: Works On Paper

Selected Works

Wellspring I
22″ X 15″ Mixed Media On Paper

When painting abstractly, one can start with an intention, but in the end, the brush and other materials have the last word.

My gut tells me when a painting is finished.  The rest of my body does too, I feel a complete inner peace.

Wellspring II
22″ X 15″ Mixed Media On Paper

Storm Watch
43″ X 42″  Mixed Media On Paper

I embrace risk and welcome in the out of control.  This is the nature of abstract painting.


Black And White Study
38″ X 50″ Mixed Media On Paper

Black And White No. 7
44″ X 30″ Mixed Media On Paper

Black  And White III
38″ X 50″ Mixed Media On Paper

Focus On Line

I like the idea of using restraints in my work, for example limiting the palette to black, white and one or two colors. In the face of limitations, my inner narrative becomes more powerful.

Working with line interests me as does incorporating a variety of drawing tools. Lines have infinite variety and purpose and can convey a sense of energy, movement and emotion. They can provide the underlying structure to a piece.

For me the subject of appearing and disappearing lines is of great fascination and one I can explore endlessly, partially obscuring them and then restoring them to the work. Focusing on line, as opposed to shape or some other element, is for me a way to boil things down to their essence.

-Julie Schumer

Julie Schumer Dialogue With Black