Piece description from the artist
The ocean exhales. Waves unload and air rushes out of them. Nothing relaxes me more than a big old sigh, a sigh of relief, a deeply transformative exhale.
This painting feels like what I've really been trying to paint my whole life. I don't know how to explain that but there is just something in the way this one feels, it feels so alive, it makes me feel alive!
I am a student of the sea. The way foam pulls up the face of a wave and the breaking lip casting a shadow makes me so excited, it is absolutely not logical to explain that something so simple brings so much joy and inspiration. It is beyond the mind, no doubt 🌊
When I paint water, I at first ignore the spray and just focus on the shapes and the way the colors behind are showing through. Once those are dry I go in with the spray, using both a paint flicking technique with a stiff brush and my finger (probably exactly how you would picture it, very messy) and also using a little bit of paint on the back of a palette knife to create just a topical scratching of white that amazingly translates perfectly into sea spray…
Exhale, let go ✨
Oil painter Julie Kluh lived on her sailboat traveling the world for a decade. Having spent so much time at sea, she was continuously inspired and moved by the beauty of the ocean. With a deep soul calling to paint she returned to land to share her gift and experience in vibrant color.
Julie's art captures the movement and light within and beyond the human form reflected in the ever-changing ocean. She captures the power, harmony, and aliveness felt in the natural environment of living water that relates to so many of us.
Julie studied art at the University of Washington and now resides in Olympia, WA where she paints from her bay-side studio.
Julie has developed her own unique visual style and fused it with a distinctly peaceful nuance. Her paintings invite us to dive in and feel the essence of what unites us.