Welcome to Julia Cairns Fine Art
Mixed media 30"x40"
I hope you enjoy your visit to my 'virtual studio'. I have been painting for over 30 years and even tho' only ten of those were spent in Botswana Africa, it is that period of my life that has inspired me the most. My work has been described as 'whimsical' 'naive' and sometimes 'Folk Art' but I dont believe it can be really categorized as any of these. I often paint African Life and that can be translated into any life, its just that the people I paint describe a moment in time that happens to be in Africa. Africa is a joyous place, despite the ravages that natural disasters and political unrest bring to it. There is a resilience and fortitude in the people, and they have the ability to overcome intense hardships, never dwelling on what has been but on the present moment which after all is all we have. Animals play a large part in my work too and more recently my own animals have had roles in my pictures. This may be in a small way my entry into painting the beautiful landscape of New Mexico where I live. I don't offer any lofty explanation of my work, that is for the viewer to interpret, I simply paint whatever is in my heart. I hope that you find joy in these paintings just as I have in making them.