I am a visual artist and a performance artist. Whether painting live or in the studio my work reflects my belief that art deepens our experience of life and builds meaningful human connections.

As a live action painter I use movement to create an image quickly. This captures the action and gives the paintings a dynamic quality that emanates from the canvas.

My studio work uses a more meditative style to express my relationship to the outside world illuminated by my imagination. I paint birds, animals and human figures as they embody the life force and create a sense of being in the moment.

I am fascinated by paint itself. I often make my own paints so that I can create unique colors and mix in rare pigments not found in ready-made paint.

I live and work in Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA

Julie Jao