JuliAnne Jonker has been creating art since she was a young child. Growing up in a family surrounded by professional musicians and creatives, JuliAnne's natural artistic abilities were always encouraged and nurtured.
Inspired by the Old Masters, she was classically trained in oil painting. The Atelier style training is evident in the proficiency of JuliAnne's painting, yet there is a contemporary energy in her work that keeps it current. Texture, landscape, and rich color are themes seen throughout JuliAnne's art but her true passion lies in the figure and portrait.
PHOTOGRAPHY /ART WORKSHOPS
JuliAnne is a renowned award winning portrait photographer and educator as well as a fine artist. Having enjoyed a thriving portrait studio for the past 20 years she has recently chosen to dedicate the majority of her time to her greatest passion- freehand painting.
She still accepts a limited number of photographic portrait clients and utilizes her expertise in both portrait photography and lighting in the creation of her freehand portraits. She continues to study and teach both disciplines. JuliAnne currently teaches workshops on location and hosts art retreats at her studio in Apple Valley MN.
ENCAUSTIC AND COLD WAX
JuliAnne's most recent works are created in oils and wax (encaustic wax and cold wax). The sculptural quality in both the encaustic and cold wax painting came very natural to her because of her past experience with sculpting in wax (using the the “lost wax method” for bronze). In this method the wax is used to create an original sculpture from which the finished bronze piece is cast. The tools used for sculpting in wax are amongst the many tools used for both encaustic and cold wax painting.
JuliAnne’s artistic aspiration is to connect with and engage the viewer through the visual language of her paintings. With multiple layers of paint and wax she creates a depth that invites and draws the viewer in. Haunting and emblematic, her paintings have a spiritual nuance that sets them apart.
Since the time that I was a small child I have found an incredible joy in my life while creating art. One of my first portraits was a graphite drawing of my grandmother (all of her age and wrinkles intact). I still remember the deep sense of joy and accomplishment in creating her portrait.
Growing up in a family surrounded by professional musicians and creatives, my natural artistic abilities were always encouraged and nurtured. I never wondered about what I wanted to do in life. I knew no matter where I went or what other things I would be doing, I would always make art.
I believe there is an intrinsic beauty in every human soul and that a true portrait brings this out. This is my goal in making portraits, whether my medium is oils, graphite, clay or my camera. It is this depth of the person that intrigues me. There is a stillness that I try to connect with in each subject, no masks, just the raw beauty that represents who the person truly is.
This connection, the capturing and recording of something very human and real, when the creative process is flowing and the vision is being realized, this is what I strive for. It is the golden thread between the artist and subject that makes the ordinary become extraordinary.
I believe art is about our human connection to each other and to the Divine. As put by one of my favorite quotes: "Art exists so that we know we are not alone".