Some say art is all about harmony: how the composition balances color, texture, shape, and light; how line and form both define and blur; how details bring abstractions to life; how the imagination of the viewer works with the intuition of the painter to create meaning and metaphor.
Some say wellness is also about harmony: the body’s many rhythms pulsing in perfect time; the mind and the body acting as one; the release of stress and tension, and the wellness this release rewards the entire system.
And, perhaps, art is an extension of the body: the mind conceptualizes while the body performs the bidding, hand merging with brush and finally into color on canvas.
Harmony defines Greenville artist Julie Hughes Shabkie’s work. Her paintings, whether of cyclists, ballerinas, nudes, or landscapes, are all about movement: the constant revolution of a bicycle’s wheel, the body’s undulating muscles, the tree branches’ toss and shake in the breeze. Her brush strokes sweep and turn, circle and wind, melding and merging colors, becoming new hues. This constant implied movement brings a balance to subject and form, intent and imagination.