Julie Keaten-Reed

          The conflicting impulses of following the Asian art aesthetic which I admire so much and the desire to explore themes from my Western art heritage led to the blend of styles and techniques I use today. I merge figure drawing with Japanese brushwork; I re-interpret traditional Chinese bird-and-flower paintings with a modern, American sensibility. What I do spans cultures and fits into no neat category: it's another example of contemporary art of the Twenty-First century.

          For subject matter I look to dramatic landscapes, serene still life studies, quirky animals and expressive abstractions. With only black sumi ink - a Japanese, carbon-based ink - and select use of color, I strive for the art of suggestion, of subtlety, the art of leaving out. The goal of my work is to be simple and natural, to be unpretentiously lovely.