Julie Brown Smith

My work has always been about people. Their presence, whether visible or not, is in every piece of artwork I create.

Rooted in literary themes, my work has referenced American poetry and Japanese haiku, as well as Goethe's Faust. The current series is inspired by Yeats, particularly The Second Coming, and by Melville's Moby Dick. The poem and the book resonated with me during the last difficult year--old friends who joined me in trying to figure out how to navigate these new waters.

Influences guiding and often included in the work are Egyptian themes and ancient figures; empty streets, prayer flags, and stairways; forests, caves, and underground passages--indications of the transformation of the earth and of the self.

This series includes ink on canvas paintings and larger relief prints.