Julia Chandler Lawing earned a BA in Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’90), which she supplemented with drawing and art history courses. While employed at Savannah College of Art & Design, and later, the Charlotte Observer, Julia pursued art in night classes on everything from stained glass to ceramics and pastels. As a young mother of four daughters, she taught elementary art and served as a docent at the Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries. Julia began oil painting in 2014 and, with that, knew she had found her calling.
Julia’s paintings are impressionistic and gestural, and have been called “extravagantly beautiful, spiritual and inspiring.” Her works are in private and corporate collections across the U.S. Her work was chosen for Charlotte’s 2018 ArtPop Street Gallery, and will also soon be installed (as of early 2019) in downtown Concord, NC’s 35 Union Street pedestrian passageway.
Julia paints and resides in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Bruce, four teenage daughters, and black Labrador, Lincoln. She moved her studio to ClearWater Artist Studios in January 2019. A studio visit can be scheduled for viewing, by anyone looking to buy; and she is here working most weekdays when not traveling.
I paint because it engages my senses, my mind, my soul, and stirs a passion in me unlike anything else. My aim is visual poetry: simultaneously elusive and evocative, speaking life to the viewer’s soul.
My art exploration parallels my faith: there’s no end, but the ongoing reward is a wellspring of revelation that helps me know myself, the world, and my God more fully.