Description What started as an underwater scene quickly changed once I started following where this painting was leading me. The outcome is a diverse group of creatures that feel forgotten and lost. I was inspired by watching my kids grow up with mental illness and feeling different and sometimes, left out. I pushed the idea even more to include evil-like creatures that were bullying or menacing to these forgotten beings. The outcome is a landscape of humanity and other animals portraying the best and the worst in us all.
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.