Julie Willan



Artist Statement

Julie Willan



“I’m painting my story and I want your story to engage with it.”

Julie Willan has a fascination with painting, with processes and techniques that demonstrate how colors and shapes react with each other.  Each painting begins with a feeling and a color.  She works intuitively, revealing her emotions through distinctive mark-making.  In her journals of both sketches and words, Willan also discovers meaning about her dreams and thoughts.  She reveals these discoveries to us in her paintings.  

Thin washes of paint and an inventive use of secondary and tertiary colors create the layers of Willan’s visual dialog.  Willan finds a deep connection with nature, particularly in verdant landscapes with trees and water.  These natural elements find a place in some of her artwork, especially in her colorful, flowing brushwork. 

She is equally drawn to the built environment, creating fantastical compositions that remind viewers of either ancient or future civilizations.  Some of her paintings allude to these divergent civilizations; other compositions invite viewers into secret interior spaces.

In addition to her painting, Willan creates installation and three-dimensional work that ranges from multiple canvas wall pieces to interactive, monumental environments.


Julie Willan was Born in Rockford Illinois in 1967 and grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan until she moved with her family in 1982  to Thousand Oaks California.  she completed and Graduated in 1985 from Westlake High School and then studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Moorpark college, California.

1992 Julie moved to Houston Texas to pursue her current business JW Studio Inc. creating Murals and Specialty finishes  since 1992- present  Her current work in mainly acrylic is abstract with a wide array of color expressing personal emotions with  movement and spontaneity.

Group Show 
Winter Street Gallery
February 28, 2015

The Jung Center

Solo Show
A Souls Journey
December 3-20, 2013

December 7, 2013
6-8 p.m.

5200 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX  77006

    17th Annual Art on the Avenue
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 - Preview Night
    Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Main Event

    2101 Winter Street
    Houston, TX 77007

    Biannual Art opening
    October 5, 5-10 p.m.
    spring street studio
    studio #134

    Art Exhibition
    1824 Spring Street

    Wednesday June 6 - 22

    The Jung Center of Houston
    April 2013 - January 2014

    VAA Visual arts alliance
    Thirtieth Juried Open Exhibition
    May 10, 2013

    Juror- Diane Barber

    Three Allen Center,
    333 Clay Street
    Houston, TX

    5200 Montrose Blvd
    Houston, TX  77006

    June 5 - July 17


    Houston City Hall and City Hall Annex Build “proximity” a fine art exhibit


    Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will host an opening reception for the exhibit on

    Thursday, April 25, 2013
    in the Rotunda of City Hall
    901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002.

    Art. Spring Exhibit

    April 12, 2013

    1824 Spring Street Studios
    Houston, TX  77007


    Reveal Solo show
    November 15, 2012

    Spring Open Studios

    April 28, 2012


    May- July 2012

    Group Show

    The Jung Center of Houston
    June 5- July 17, 2012

    Group Show

    The Jung Center of Houston
    June 1 - July 14

    6th Annual Inner Art Corridor
    Spring Street Studios
    April 30

    15th Annual Art on the Avenue

    November 12 & 14


    14th Annual Art on the Avenue


    HCAA Greater Houston Open Show
    Second Place awarded

    13th Annual Art on the Avenue


    Culture Map Houston

    Origins Magazine


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