Description I finished this painting and can't tell you how much it means to me. I am so thankful to the volunteers! I asked them two questions. How does mental illness make you feel and what do you want others to know about it? They opened up and told me their stories and shared their photos. This was a heartbreaking process for me to hear these stories. Especially when two of the people aren't with us anymore. Their family members shared their stories. I hope I honored them as I wanted, but also stuck to the harsh reality: mental illness kills people and makes them suffer in silence. As a society, we need to end the stigma and demand better healthcare and better and more facilities to help people in crisis and long-term.I will be donating 10% of my profits at my art exhibit in May to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and selling prints where I will be donating 25% of my profits to NAMI.
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 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 those suffering with mental illness.
Juli now resides in Cincinnati, OH, where she has lived for 27 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 backgrounds of color 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 exhibit was at the Westheimer Gallery in Sharonville, OH May 3-25, 2019. She has also self-published a children’s book, The Sleep Fairy and Her Magic Sheep, a children’s bedtime story.