Description Atash Gozir (16' x 20', oil) was my 8th original painting, and is part of my 'Women of the World' series. The composition is inspired by a photograph. The title is a combination of the Farsi words for 'fire' and 'determination'; for me, her eyes embody 'fiery determination.' Since my father is from Afghanistan, I have long had a fascination with Middle Eastern culture. At the same time, I have long been upset by the lower-class status often held by women in Middle Eastern society. There is a need for some fiery determination to alter women's place in the world.One night when I couldn't sleep, I sketched out the composition on a canvas. Since I had never done realism, I shocked by the power of the image. I was afraid that I would 'mess it up', and so the pencil drawing stayed there for 6 months, before I finally got the courage to apply paint. It was true trial and error as I figured out how to do skin tones. The veil was pure experiment... I used a detail bottle to drip the paint on the canvas; the result was better than I could imagine as it allowed for transparency as well as an evocation of both Farsi writing as well as the hint of blood spilled.In many ways, it is the work of which I am most proud.
Julie Jalil, San Marcos, Texas Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Julie Jalil is based in San Marcos, Texas (just outside Austin). She began painting in 2004. An eclectic artist, Jalil typically works in oils, acrylic, and/or cut paper. To date, her work has developed along 4 major lines. She began with a Miscellaneous line in which she learned technique by studying the work of modern masters. She then branched into three major lines of exploration.
Her “Dancing Through Life” series focuses on the human body in motion. Her “Women of the World” series offers a serious examination of women from across the globe, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern and African women. Her newest series “Cow Town” uses colorful cows to express the fun, whimsical side of life. After completing a couple of commissions, she will begin work on a “Queens of the Blues” series.
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For original art work, limited edition giclee prints, or exhibit information, Julie can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org