"As a person of mixed cultural and geographic upbringing, I view Japan both as an insider and as an outsider. My situation gives me a unique lens through which I interpret and convey beauty, both Eastern and Western variations of it.
I am violently in love with the features of the human (especially female) face. I can't tire of its beauty. I paint because I feel driven to capture those alluring, intoxicating features that I see in my mind's eye. Draping my faces in Japanese patterns and flowers accentuates the opulent lushness with which I am so mesmerized. Do I feel like I've ever perfectly captured this beauty, this perfect girl? No. She's always just out of reach, and transforms into another more beautiful girl just as I think I've penned her. But that's alright... I will continue to follow her, continue to discover her multi-faceted mystique.
I work in mixed media because I don’t feel that one single medium can properly express the many nuances that accompany my subject matter. Symbolic elements within the artworks are an outlet for my inner struggles I have at the time of painting, and they beckon the viewer to ponder the same universal questions."
JUURI was born in Tokyo, Japan on Christmas Eve 1983 and moved with her family to the USA when she was six years old. She signs her work “Juuri” (従理), which is her Japanese given name and equivalent to the English name “Julie.”
Julie has loved drawing since she could hold a pencil. Her entire childhood was filled with drawing and creating, from illustrated stories to "replica" props and costumes from her favorite films. She sold her first painting when she was 13 years old.
During college, Julie got to explore more of her Japanese heritage as she painted alongside Japanese exchange students who were also in the same art program. "I knew then what was most important to me to express through my art," she says. "It was the deepest 'me' there is; the 'me' that was there all along. My Japanese heritage is so precious to me, and I could explore the facets of that beautiful culture endlessly." Julie started visiting Japan regularly to see her relatives and to gain fresh inspiration from the beauty of the culture.
Since her decision to pursue fine art seriously in 2010, Julie has made an impression showing her mixed media paintings of colorful, flora-wrapped Japanese faces. She has now had numerous exhibitions both in Oklahoma, where she currently resides, and Southern California. She continues to sell art to clients around the country and around the globe. Her ultimate goal is to take her artistic venture back to her home "town" of Tokyo.