Julia Chandler Lawing is an oil painter who synchronizes color and texture to capture the essence of a moment and evoke emotion. Her paintings are impressionistic, gestural, and have been called “extravagantly beautiful, spiritual and inspiring.” Born in Atlanta, Julia moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, at age twelve. The experience of growing up in the Golden Isles instilled a deep appreciation for nature, light, and the wetland landscape. Julia earned a BA in Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’90), which she supplemented withdrawing and art history courses. While employed at Savannah College of Art and Design, and later the Charlotte Observer, Julia continued her creative exploration through night classes in everything from stained glass and woodworking to ceramics and pastels. As a young mother, Julia taught elementary art and docented at the Cabarrus County Arts Council. Julia began oil painting in 2014 and knew she had found her calling.
Julia’s pieces are included in private collections across the U.S. and several corporate collections in North Carolina. Public installations include Charlotte’s 2018 ArtPop Street Gallery, window clings of the Metropolitan Charlotte complex on King’s Drive, and the soon-to-be installed plaques at the 35 Union Street passageway in historic downtown Concord. Julia paints at ClearWater Artist Studios. She lives in Concord with her husband Bruce, four teenage daughters Chandler, Lydia, Emma and Claire, and black Labrador Lincoln, who are constantly forgiving her for not having dinner ready on time and leaving traces of paint everywhere.