Julie Schumer, a native of Los Angeles, CA, lives and paints full time in Santa Fe, NM alongside her husband, painter James Koskinas. She discovered her love of abstract expressionism at age 5. A lawyer for many years, Schumer is self taught. Her work is shown in various galleries across the United States and is in numerous private collections.
Schumer paints large and medium format abstracts in an expressionist and gestural style. These works are inspired by the great natural beauty and light of her surroundings in New Mexico. She starts by introducing, line, colors and shapes, then responds to their development in an intuitive fashion, layer after layer. Recently she has explored a more neutral palette which appearing and disappearing lines and emerging and dissolving forms. These works are at once mysterious, moody and powerful yet luminous as the result of many layers of paint applied and removed, reflecting on the fragility and vulnerability of life.