Julie Craig is a painter from the blue-ridge mountains of N.C. Trained in a diversity of art forms such as Silk Painting, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, and Oil Painting. Her works have been shown in Gallery’s from Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville NC, Atlanta Ga. and Orlando Fl.
A key to my art... I find the intimacy I crave with God through creating art,expressing the nature of who we are,who we can be, where we live, and why we live.
Art, faith, nature revealed in intuitive beauty.
Working in silk painting, watercolor, oil, pastel and acrylics. My belief in the special and fragile life we live is captured with whimsey and reverence in her artwork.
My process begins with a luxurious base of precious pure white China silk stretched tightly on a frame. I use the combination of imported French Silk Dyes and French Silk Paint resist of Gutta (which is like a rubber cement) Rice Paste or Hot Wax Resist. The purpose of a resist is to stop the flow of dye and create a barrier, which makes the outline of an image.
I start with a sketch of an image when I begin a painting. I can plan but never totally control what each painting will evolve into. The temperature and humidity will effect the pigment and flow of the dyes. The excitement of silk painting comes from the subjective images and combinations that emerge within these boundaries. It is still amazing to me how this happens. The essence of what I am painting comes through the flowing dye creating a painting that is a unique one of a kind art work.
One of the things that excites me the most about silk painting is the purity and the intensity of color that can only be achieved by this unique technique. After the painting is complete I steam or dry heat the silk for many hours. This sets the dye and increases the intensity of the color. It also makes the painting very permanent and durable. The silk pieces can be washed or dry cleaned.
Special Orders are available for scarves, ties, or clothing. Finished art works can also be framed as pictures, wall hangings, or household decor and make a wonderful gifts as a one of a kind piece.
If you would like to learn the technique of silk painting Julie offers individual & group classes.
To inquire about classes please call 828-384-1997.