Julia Pagenkopf

Artist Statement:

My art is primarily about beauty, about light and color that is immanent and permeates the world.  My response to this beauty is emotional and exploratory, capturing nature’s changing moods and seasons, or experimenting with the interconnecting forms in an abstract painting.  Especially compelling for me is the sensual interplay of light and the patterns it creates, often leading to ambiguity and mystery.

When I begin a painting, I may have a specific scene to work from, or I may begin with an idea or words from a poem.  I work in pastels and watercolors, most often separately but also in combination.  In addition, I may add texture to the painting to enhance the diffusion of light and tactile feel of the color.  Working from preliminary value and composition studies, I choose colors intuitively, to give more of a personal expression of the scene or idea, and to allow for surprising, unanticipated possibilities. I want the viewer to be able to enter the painting, to smell the air and feel the breeze, or remember a certain place they once knew where their imagination took flight.

Artist Bi

Julia Pagenkopf
Blue Mountains Walking by Julia Pagenkopf
Blue Mountains Walking
28.5 x 32.5 in.
Desert Wind by Julia Pagenkopf
Desert Wind
27 x 33.5 in.
Secret Light by Julia Pagenkopf
Secret Light
26.5 x 32.5 in.
The Forest Speaks by Julia Pagenkopf
The Forest Speaks
32.5 x 26.5 in.