Monday, May 10, 2010

Chicago Art, Chicago Artist, Julie Tomaso

Julie Tomaso is one of the independent contributors of our Chicago art and Chicago gallery blog. Here follows her Bio and some of her art work.

Julie Tomaso's contact information is available at the end of the post.

Artist/Bio 2010

If you look at my work, you will discover what my thoughts are. I think in terms of color and color is what I see when I look at the world. I try to capture the stillness of the landscape. I imagine the “castles in the air”. My journey is one of solitude, an emotional peaceful feeling. If the viewer can sense my experience and actually ”go” to that particular place, then I have done my job well.

The major influences for my art have been the life & work of Dale Chihuly, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Wolf Kahn, Georgia O’Keefe, Henry Moore, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne.

I began painting in my senior year of high school. I received an associate’s degree from Oakton Community College and studied art under Robert Stanley. When I turned forty, I went back to school to pursue my art degree. I attended McHenry County College and studied under Lynn Lowrie and Mark Arctander. I received my B.A. in Art from Columbia College in Crystal Lake, IL and studied under Alice White and Judith Nahill. I also took numerous workshops with Rodger Bechtold (Old Courthouse Studio in Woodstock, IL). I have been in countless local & national art shows and my work is at the McHenry County Courthouse, Meto-Grafics, Inc., and in many private collections.

I live in Woodstock, IL with my husband Lou and our chocolate lab, Max. We have two teenage boys whom are almost grown. I enjoy working with animals and volunteer at our local animal shelter. I also am working towards my second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Hyo Chul Chung at Chung’s Martial Arts in Crystal Lake, IL.

“It’s not about painting life; it’s about bringing painting to life.” - Pierre Bonnard

Title: Touch of Blue
Size: 18' x 24"
Price: $ 225.00

Title: Rock Formation
Size: 30" x 36"
Price: $620.00

Title: Roadtrip #3
Size: 24" x 36"
Price: $340.00

Title: Roadtrip, NC #2
Size: 24" x 36"
Price: $340.00

Title: Badlands #3
Size: 24" x 36"
Price: $365.00

Julie Tomaso
Fine Artist

Studio #309 . Lakeside Legacy Arts Park . 401 Country Club Road . Crystal Lake, IL . 60014 . 815.337.9312 . cell 815.715.5168 .

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