"My passion for water defines my work. This life-giving element symbolizes cleansing, life, and freedom. My process begins with underwater photographs that capture a moment in time. I then locate areas of fluid rhythm and contrast and interpret them into their most minimalistic state."
Julie Siracusa had her first formal painting lessons when she was just five. The pull towards creative pursuits has continued throughout her life. Attending college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette brought the study of Architecture and Fine Art.
Working with many mediums through the course of her career, Siracusa has developed diverse skills in the art-making process. She worked as an art director for a billboard company early on. Her time in this role was before photographic billboard production was available. Siracusa mastered posterization where she would interpret any image into areas of Pantone colors that could be silk screened or painted.
Siracusa founded a graphic design company that has been highly successful since its inception. She has worked in all mediums in the media branding businesses. Her work has appeared globally. All the while, she carved out time for her fine art. Painting and sculpting have been dominant in her work. Siracusa admits that she got caught up in perfecting realism longer than necessary. She believed that any artist that wants to abstract a subject must be an excellent draftsman before being justified to take that path. Now, she has a renewed view. Pursue your passion now!
Currently, Siracusa is truly pursuing her passion: Water. She began painting images of reflections on the water’s surface. Soon after immersing in her love of water, she realized that she needed a greater depth for her imagery. This is when she went below the surface and took the camera with her underwater until she found techniques that captured the drama in movement and the contrast she desired.
Since then, Siracusa has created her fluid, original branded style. She has taken underwater photos that inspire her paintings and sculpture in many locations. These include the open waters of Jamaica’s south coast, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Palm Springs, CA and Key West, FL.
Siracusa’s artistic voice speaks of the life-giving force of water.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist