Description Ex Flammis Clarior is Latin. It means From the flame, brighter or Out of Flame, Brightness. It is the motto of the Order of the Phoenix, instituted by Prince Hohenlobe of Waldembourg Bartenstein and appears on the Commanders badge of that order around the image of a phoenix rising from the flames.The inspiration for this acrylic painting is my daughter. Through the cloud of mental illness, she has risen and grown and is on her way to a healing place, shining brighter than ever. I see greatness on her horizon.
Juli Cady Ryan, Cincinnati, Ohio Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Juli Cady Ryan was born in La Porte, IN and after attending Indiana University for three years, she then moved to Cincinnati with her husband to raise their family. She is a self-taught artist and she works exclusively in acrylics. Her love of painting began as a hobby in 2004, but then she fell in love with it. Once she was able to sell her art on Ebay, painting became her career. Her paintings have always been bright and hopeful, but they took on a new direction after her daughter's struggle with mental illness and then later her two sons' struggles. She then decided she wanted to share her family's journey of pain, hope and recovery. Juli wanted to make mental illness a subject that could be talked about, not stigmatized, so people suffering wouldn't be afraid to reach out for help. Juli's art has been in several galleries, the latest a solo exhibition in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM. She was also interviewed by their local radio staion, KRSN. Juli is an author and illustrator of two books, one a children's bedtime story, The Sleep Fairy and Her Magic Sheep, the other book, Wounds of Wisdom, shares her family's struggle with mental illness through her paintings and poetry. Both can be found on Amazon.com.
Today, Juli lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband, Sean and her two black cat, Lordie and Francis. Her children are all grown and also live in Cincinnati. Juli hopes to continue painting and sharing her family's story to be a voice for mental illness.