Julia Sutliff: Sundry Moods
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. â€” John Ruskin, author and art critic
Quiet Meadow, 2010 oil on linen 28” x 22”
Artist Julia Sutliff celebrates nature in her work. The wilder, the better: trees at the borders of open meadows, creeks running past untended woods, fields and hills where grasses, briers, and wildflowers have been left to run riot. It’s not enough to take the elements of a scene and copy them, but better to respond with emotion and invention, to try to meet the unfolding drama and
Evergreens and Climbing Vines, 2012 oil on board 12” x 24” (diptych)
flux with the movement of a brush, impressions, and choice of color. It is, Sutliff believes, the only way to match wits with the environment in which she creates—to make a painting come even close to being as exciting as nature itself. She is always in pursuit of being surprised, of seeing things in a painting that seem to have happened when she was not paying attention.
Sky Dancing, 2011 oil on board 16” x 14”
Sutliff’s look at places left uninterrupted by humans seems inviting or enveloping and has an element of intimacy. We want to be free from fear, she feels, and perhaps when we see fearlessness in an artist’s work, it moves us as would any act of daring, passionate abandon, selflessness, or love.
— Curator, Laura Amussen
Julia Sutliff: Sundry Moods September 6 – November 1, 2013 artist’s Reception
Friday, September 20, 2013, 6-9 p.m.
Rosenberg Gallery Directions
Baltimore Beltway, I-695, to exit 27A. Make first left onto campus.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday 410.337.6477
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Cover: Tree by Pond, Quiet Light, 2013, oil on board, 11” x 11” Inside panel: Red Dogwood, 2010, oil on
linen, 28” x 24”
The Rosenberg Gallery program is funded with the assistance of grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences.