Mood And Mystery

Medium-Sized Contemporary Abstract Art Works 

Selected Paintings


Julie Schumer Force Field_57bX 47_acrylic on canvasForce Field
58″ X 48″ Mixed Media On Stretched Canvas

I guide media yet yield to its dynamics, allowing the process to shape the final expression organically.

 I am seldom self-reflective when I am immersed in creating a work. But on occasion it occurs to me that the image I am making is a symbol of a fleeting present moment, and that these moments are all we have.

julie schumer Undaunted, 60 X 48, mixed media canvasUndaunted
60″ X 48″ Mixed Media On Canvas


Julie Schumer Breaking Light, 58 X 46, mixed media canvasBreaking Light
58″ X 46″ Mixed Media On Canvas

My work is a fine balance between intuition and critical analysis.

I embrace a limited palette. This makes for a more powerful painting and reduces distracting color chaos. 


julie schumer Watchful Waiting, 54 X 44, mixed media canvasWatchful Waiting
54″ X 44″ Mixed Media On Unstretched Canvas

Without Hesitation
60″ X 48″ Mixed Media On Canvas

I often use strong blacks in my paintings coupled with softly veiled areas symbolizing the many dualities in human nature.

Chasing the  Moment
56″ X 46″ Mixed Media On Canvas

julie schumer Inner Harbor II, 60 X 48, mixed media canvasInner Harbor II
58″ X 48″ Mixed Media On Canvas

Mood And Mystery

The Mood and Mystery series has grown out of the change in direction my art took in 2018, as well as events in my own life, well beyond my control and which compelled and continue to compel a close examination of my interior self rather than simply responding to the physical landscape around me.  The series of paintings is ever evolving.

What is mood other than an emotional setting, an atmosphere, a feeling, a sensation?  Mystery is an enigma, a puzzle, something that cannot be fully understood by using one’s reason.  The series thus emphasizes emotion above all else and is a window in a moment frozen in time to my interior universe.  Once the viewer has accepted my invitation to become emotionally attached to the painting, he or she can receive its message.

-Julie Schumer

Julie Schumer at Art Santa Fe