Boulder Artist Julia Bright’s Vivid COVID-Inspired Seascapes Exhibit Opens in Loveland
Boulder, Colo. (June 21, 2021) —Months of COVID-forced isolation inspired artists in different ways. For Boulder-based oil painter Julia Bright, who devoted more than two decades to still lifes, the long retreat from the world beyond Colorado compelled her to begin exploring something new.
She turned to the sea.
“I grew up on the Baltic Sea in Lithuania. The ocean is embedded in my DNA, and I visit it at least once a year,” said Bright, whose new seascapes will be featured at a new show at the Loveland Public Library from July 1 through September 30. “As COVID dragged on, I started missing the sea with keen intensity. So I began painting it.”
As Bright fixed her attention on the ocean, she also began considering how climate change and human activity are changing the world’s oceans. She wanted to capture all that she remembered about the sea, understanding that future generations may experience oceanic environments different from the ones Bright explored and savored for decades.
Her painting evolved, too, during her year-long immersion in seascapes.
“You can see so many colors in the water. It changes every second. White. Bottle green. Dark purple. Emerald. Aqua. Yellow. Red,” Bright said. “When you are painting the ocean, what you see is very fleeting and momentary. So you have to hold it in your mind’s eye and have the visual acuity to realize what you are looking at and know about nature and physics and how light works on surfaces.”
Bright’s year-long engagement with the sea yielded a wide variety of oil paintings, from close-ups of waves to panoramic vistas of the sea and surrounding terrestrial topography. A selection of them will be on display at the Loveland exhibit.
In November, Bright will have a one-woman show at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder.
Bright has exhibited her work at the Oil Painters of America National and Western Regional Juried Shows, The Swiss Art Expo in Zurich, Switzerland, The Littleton Museum of Fine Art Annual Juried Show, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International Annual Juried Show, Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Boulder Art Association’s National Juried Shows, where she received the corporate award of excellence two years in a row, and at the Art Students League of Denver’s Art & Soul Juried Show & Auction.
Her work hangs in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Lithuania and Russia. Bright is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and a member of the Boulder Art Association. Bright is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and the Singulart Gallery in Paris, France.