Meet Julia Ryan, an oil painter based in New York City. Julia Ryan explores portraiture and objects through colorful cropped compositions. Her work is featured in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as well as the Palms Hotel & Casino and has been internationally shown. Get an inside look at her life as a creative through this interview!
Tell us a mantra you live by?
"Create more than you consume.”
How did you first discover your creativity?
"My mom says I made an impressive illustration when I was 18 months old. From then on, art has been my constant — a way of communicating, expressing, processing. I think I’ve spent more time with a crayon or paintbrush in my hand than without."
What are you currently working on?
"I recently began a virtual paint and sip series on YouTube to help people, at any artistic level, practice art while social distancing. The series is intended to spread positivity through cotton candy clouds, butterflies, rainbow tie-dye, anything that can fill these days of uncertainty with some brightness."
what inspires you?
"Kusama. O’Keeffe. Minter. Strong female artists who have created space for me to do what I love."
what constitutes a perfect day at work?
"Getting so lost in a project that I lose track of time. "
What's the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?
"Bringing other people’s ideas to life. I put my heart into everything I make, and when someone receives the finished piece, I think they can feel that. Art has the power to heal and it’s so rewarding to play a part in that process for other people."
As a creative, what is the hardest thing you've had to deal with/ are still dealing with?
"There’s difficulty navigating the blurred line between your passion and your job. Art is something that is so spiritual, emotional, and personal, but there’s also a need for deadlines and structure when being a creative is your full-time gig."
What's the best piece of advice you can give?
"Create something every day. Oh, and take off your makeup before you go to bed."
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
"In my studio with headphones on, immersed in a painting. It may not sound like dreaming big, but being a full-time artist has always been my big dream. And I’m grateful every day to be living it."
What is your ART✰BISH moment?
"Watching the installation of my largest piece, a 7x10 ft. oil painting, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas."