Juli Cady Ryan, Cincinnati, Ohio Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Juli Cady Ryan was born and raised on a farm in Northwestern Indiana, in the small town of LaPorte. Her experiences growing up with a mother, then later with her three children with mental illness influenced her art greatly. A self-taught artist, Juli used her own struggles and her family’s to create whimsical paintings filled with color and hope. She wanted to be a voice for mental illness. In her desire to continue her advocacy for mental health, she is sharing new art that helps to enlighten, inform and educate as well as being thought-provoking and visually interesting.
Juli now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has lived for 25 years. She started painting using acrylics and was influenced by both Gustav Klimt’s colorful shapes and Marc Chagall’s use of color and whimsy. Recently, she has started to use materials in a nontraditional, uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials, creating interesting backgrounds of colors and shapes.
Juli’s art has sold internationally and has been featured in several publications and exhibits nationally including exhibits in Los Alamos, NM, Springfield, MO and Red Bluff, CA. Her most recent show was at the Los Alamos Fuller Lodge Art Center, a solo exhibition in their Portal Gallery, titled, “It’s All About Love,” November 2015-January 2016. She has also self-published a children’s book, “The Sleep Fairy and Her Magic Sheep,” a children’s bedtime story.