The Adults’ Night Out series, “Arts Under the Stars” continues in November with local artist Julia Jones. See our interview with her below.

Q: How would you describe your art?
A: The process by which I create art is slow and methodical. It begins with my family. As I interact with my family, I observe the relationships and personalities that define them and capture those emotions on my canvas. I do so by taking copious amounts of pictures to capture the emotion for which I am seeking. From there I do preliminary studies, combining imagery from photographs and still lives in my studio to create an image that is both aesthetically and conceptually pleasing. When I am ready to execute the piece to canvas, I allow the character to grow and shift beyond the limits of reality and put in to perspective the emotion of the individual in my art.

Q: Where does your greatest inspiration come from?
A: My greatest inspiration comes from the environment around me. Whether it be my family, friends, scenery, or conversation, my immediate surroundings greatly influence and inspire me.

Q: What is your favorite piece and why?
A: Every piece of my work, in one way or another, is a favorite. Old pieces hold a certain sense of nostalgia for me; they embody memories and techniques that are constantly influencing my newer work. My newer pieces represent unexplored possibilities. I have many ideas and techniques that I want to try out, and my most recent work shows many of these attempts.

 Q: Do you think that science influences your work? If so, how?
A: Science always influences artist’s work whether we like to admit it or not. The oils in the paint react differently with the mediums we use, the metal melts at different temperatures, the shade of color shifts depending on the other colors it is paired with; there is a science to everything we do when it comes to art.
One of the biggest roles science plays in my art work is compositionally. I am constantly using vanishing points, geometry, and the Golden Ratio in my work. These techniques ensure that my composition is balanced. I also use a lot of Color Theory; mainly the balance of shade, tint, and tone.

 Q: Do you think that science will continue to influence your work in the future and in what ways?
A: I definitely think that Science will continue to play an important role in my work.  If anything, as my understanding of the chemical makeup of the materials increases, my work will improve in quality and appearance.

Q: How do you think that having your art displayed on such a large surface like the Planetarium dome will influence your work and the viewer’s perception of your work?
A: I think having my art displayed on such a large surface will compliment it greatly. A lot of the figures in my pieces are larger than life-size and the dome will help put them into perspective.

Visit Arizona Science Center, November 1 to meet Julia and explore her work in a unique and immersive experience as it comes to life on the dome of the Dorrance Planetarium!

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