Julie Shunick Brown is a contemporary abstract painter living in Dallas. A native of Nevada, she painted as a child. Growing up in Arizona and Northern Virginia, she studied at The Corcoran School of Art and spent her free time in the art museums in Washington, D.C.
After graduating with honors from Arizona State University, she continued to study painting and drawing, most recently at Southern Methodist University.
In 2012, she left a long career with Procter and Gamble to focus full time on painting. She has been represented by galleries in Dallas and Santa Fe and her work is in private collections throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Spain.
Her painting evolves as life does. Currently, the process is intuitive – no preconception or idea of the end result. The work gets more deliberate and intentional as it progresses but it develops as a reaction to what is on the canvas. The focus is on composition and color and the result is a surprise that often seems reflective of life.
Her work is meant to hang in any direction which makes for variety and flexibility as people move or revamp their environment. Often her paintings can hang in diptych or triptych, an alternative to huge single works which are sometimes impractical. Though her process is not conscious, it feels like a search for calm, making sense of the chaos and urgency surrounding us. Changing, it evokes life. Past and future intermingle with present. Memory refines and perfects. This is reflected in her multilayered paintings – meant to be ambiguous and interpreted by each viewer.
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