about the artist

"I was so curious to see what it would be like to color outside the lines.

 

With abstract art you make up the rules as you go there is no wrong or right and this feels incredibly liberating to me."

~Julie Ahmad 

Feminist Abstract artist who paints from intuition and a rooted sense of responsibility for social awareness by utilizing symbolism, color and expressive techniques.

 

I attribute my life as an artist to my daughter.  When I was pregnant, I often felt this strong burning desire to be creative and work with my hands. There was some kind of organic correlation between my body being in the state of creation and my heart urging my hands to do the same.

I was most drawn to the looseness and forgiving qualities of abstract art.  There were no rules here, you could make them up as you went along and I wanted more of that.  So my journey into becoming a professional artist began. 

 

I paint in an intuitive style, not always having the final outcome in mind from the start.  It’s a journey and practice in patience and trust.  Getting there and discovering where the canvas will lead me, is often full of surprises.  Layer after layer, a piece can take anywhere from 4 or 5 days to 4 or 5 weeks to create. The process is what it is and although not always to my liking, it must be honored.

 

Living almost a decade in New York City, working in the fashion industry, texture and color come second nature to me; the cross over to fine art was natural.  The city is where my taste and style was molded, I love bringing that cosmopolitan energy into my work and sharing it with the world.  

I have both international as well as domestic licensing contracts with prominent wall decor companies and am a permanent resident at SoCo Modern Gallery and Austin Art Garage. My work has been shown at Women and Their Work, West Elm Austin, and both EAST & WEST Austin Studio Tours. Additionally, I have been fortunate enough to have my artwork grace the cover of the 'Private Client Magazine' which also includes a 2-page spread. One of my biggest honors was to speak on behalf of Sevy Marie in Magnolia Network's latest documentary "Hi I'm Sevy" which is a part of their "Hi I'm ____" series on Discovery Plus!'

I've been commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces for several collectors around the world.  I can’t express enough how gratifying it is when a piece of your art (soul) is welcomed into someone’s home. It's an honor that is not taken for granted.