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Julia D. Van Orman 

Art is my passion, it is the means by which I can communicate my thoughts and emotions far better then my words can express.  I love all types of media from ceramic to paint, but by far my strong suit in painting.

I am and seemed to have always been drawn to portraiture as my subject matter. Striving to capture emotion and personality in portraits of my friends and family, I feel challenged to represent the likeness of my subjects.  It is intriguing to watch them come to life as I manipulate the paint.  Each individual tells a wonderful story through facial expressions, color, composition, and symbolism. It is my goal to capture that story and portray it within every painting.

Pictures have always been important to people.  In my opinion, original paintings can speak louder than a photograph. While my paintings are two-dimensional, they also are rich with visual depth.