Today we have the great pleasure to chat with California abstract painter Julie Prichard about inspiration, how her online classes came to be and what she’s looking forward to this year.
How did you come to be an artist?
I started to paint back in 2009 when we purchased our first house. Money was tight and we didn’t have anything to put on the walls. At the time, I was also blogging. I started making artwork for my house while showing it on my blog and my readers started to ask me to teach them how to paint. Pretty soon, my first online workshop was born. From that point forward, I never stopped painting.
Describe your work in three words.
Neutral, Modern, Vibrant… at different times, across the catalogue, to match my moods.
What draws you to painting?
Painting abstract is like a puzzle or a game to me. I like the feeling of being able to “figure it out”. Sometimes the problem is solved quickly, other times not. The journey is attractive to me.
What influence does living in San Diego/California have on your work?
I am influenced by San Diego as well as Southern California as a whole. There are so many facets that make up the culture here. Living in an area where you can visit the beach, mountains and another country all within a short drive is a dream. It’s like having inspiration in my back pocket at all times.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I inhale inspiration from observing that which surrounds me. I feel in tune with the invisible tap on my shoulder more and more…which helps me interpret what I have noticed onto canvas. As a gemologist, I draw inspiration from rock formations, and the natural inclusions I studied for years under a microscope.
Do you listen to any favourite music or podcasts while working in the studio?
I like listening to local, independent radio here in San Diego… as well as Beats 1 Radio. The program variety on Beats 1 will usually hold my attention throughout the day.
If you could invite three artists or art influencers (living or deceased) to dinner who would they be?
I feel like I answer this question a lot… I think right now, more than ever, it is important for women artists to support each other. I imagine an impromptu dinner party with 3 female contemporary artists.. I wouldn’t rule out one of them being a musician. My guests would be super knowledgeable about their mediums, excellent story tellers and passionate about abstract art. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I can never settle on three names at one moment, I love looking at art too much.
What are you most excited about artistically in 2020?
I am looking forward to returning to my normal routine. I’m dreaming of writing a second book and continuing to find my way with paint.. stay tuned!