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Featured Artist at The Gallery, Mogo: Julie Pallone

The semi-abstract art of Long Beach artist Julie Pallone is now on show at The Gallery in Mogo. The exhibition features both acrylic canvases and digital artworks.

Compositionally Julie’s paintings on canvas have a landscape quality while her digital prints have a plant-like quality. She mainly works in subdued, tonal colours.

A large acrylic painting featured at The Gallery, ‘Misty River’ shows Julie’s love of subtle tone as streaks of white, taupe and grey course horizontally across the canvas, only balanced by fine brushstrokes ‘rising’ from the river like a vertical mist.

Occasionally she is tempted to break out into the rainbow colours and in the front window of The Gallery is ‘Misty Forest’, a large acrylic pour of blues, greens and purples that seems to take on a life and vitality of its own.

Julie embraced art only three years ago when, while surfing the internet, her eye was caught by some art. Methodical and adventurous, the former IT manager says, “I was looking on ‘Pinterest’ and saw some acrylic art and thought I would give it a go.”

Previously Julie had never really taken an interest in art. But she hasn’t looked back since—she is a member of four facebook groups where she shares and seeks knowledge about the use of alcohol inks and how to achieve different effects. She says, “I enjoy watching how the inks interact with the alcohol, picking up small processes and hints on how to enhance and extend the works.

Originally from Tasmania, Julie moved into IT work when the opportunity arose in her office and found the work best suited her logical approach and analytical mind. “In fact”, she says, “I am only really impulsive when I paint.”

Julie has combined her newly discovered love of art with her grounding in computer work to create her unique, digital artworks. She will photograph her painted canvas, load the image onto the computer and, using and experimenting with various programs, enhance it to achieve her preferred effect. When satisfied she re-sizes the image and organises to have it printed on archival paper, ready to be framed. Julie emphasises, ‘Each print is a one off”. The prints featured at The Gallery are very organic, taking the forms of lilies in taupe tones with a blush of gold against the white of the paper; or suggestive of coral forms, multiplying in convoluted shapes, bursting from the centre of the print; or brightly coloured flower forms blooming in hues of blue, yellow, orange and green.

Julie is the Featured Artist until October 13, but you can catch more of Julie’s work at The Tribe Cafe, JJ’s at the Marina, the Soldiers Club and on her

The Gallery is a co-operative venture of Creative Arts Batemans Bay Incorporated (CABBI), a society open to local arts and crafts practitioners. People interested in finding out more about CABBI should drop in to The Gallery, Mogo, phone 02 4474 2243 or visit our website

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