Artwork courtesy of Julie Hughes Shabkie


Artist Julie Hughes Shabkie balances art & life

/ photography by Eli Warren

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The cyclist paintings, for which Shabkie is perhaps best known, came about as a sort of happy accident. “While I’d been painting the human form for some time, I’d never really thought to paint cyclists until I was asked to do so,” she says.

In 2010, Shabkie was asked to participate in the Pedal Pop exhibition to benefit Global Bike, the first time she painted cyclists. The success of her involvement spurred a series of cyclist works, one of which appeared on the Greenville Chamber’s 2012 membership materials.

In addition to working as an artist, Shabkie practices Jin Shin Jyutsu, a wellness treatment for the body and mind. With Jin Shin Jyutsu, Shabkie “listens” to the energy pulses in the wrists, and employs a harmonizing sequence that stimulates circulation of energy along a given pathway in the body.

“Jin Shin Jyutsu is all about harmonizing the body,” says Shabkie. “It’s transformative. There’s a parallel between this work and my work as an artist.”

Shabkie says that after majoring in journalism, after a career in marketing and advertising, after raising a daughter, after caring for her parents, and, finally, after nurturing her artistic nature and moving into her studio in the Village, she’s finally found her own balance.

“I didn’t ‘own’ it [the fact that she is an artist] until I moved into this space,” she says. “The old saying, ‘physician, heal thyself . . .’ Well, I guess you could say, artist, heal thyself. How blissful it is to be able to do this for a living, here, where I’m supposed to be.”

The mind, body, and spirit in perfect harmony.

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