About the Artist
JULIA S. POWELL – “The coast of Maine, jagged and sharp with color; the wood on old, beloved barns; the bounce of boats and sunlight in the sea; the flawed elegance of birch trees: these are my muses. Growing up in New England, I’ve been inspired by the woods, water, mountains and rocky shores throughout my life. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I loved exploring pockets of green inside the city. The vibrancy of my hometown, along with the colorful characters that reside within it, impacts my landscapes by injecting hypercolor into scenes of nature. It is also why fences and telephone poles – markers of modernity often intertwined with nature – are a favorite subject.
Recently, much of my work has been influenced by the poet Robert Frost. As many critics have noted about Frost, a complex darkness often lay beneath his lyrical, New Englandy verse. As a landscape painter with strong political convictions, I am caught between my desire to capture a landscape beautifully and signal my distress about what is happening to the natural world. And increasingly – because of human behavior – the landscape is lashing out against us – in the form of storms, water, heat and other extremes. Indeed, given the political climate and the lack of accountable, ethical and scientific people leading governmental environmental agencies, I find myself increasingly preoccupied with how to portray the landscape in a way that makes people give a damn.”
Adelman Fine Art represents Julia S. Powell in San Diego, California.
Julia S. Powell Q/A