Julie Robinson's Blog

I am an abstract painter living and working in Asheville, North Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. My current work uses mixed media on a polyester film that has a  translucent frosted matte finish. Because of its transparency it gives an ethereal appearance of floating in space without a ground.

Each layer is a dialogue with the layer underneath and has to dry for 24 hours before I can add another layer. The process is a synthesis of intuition, patience, and skill.  Each year I grow more and more in love with painting on this surface.  Something new and unexpected happens with each painting that excites me.

Julie Robinson obituary

Julie Wepfer Robinson passed away peacefully in the embrace of family at her home in New Orleans on April 19, 2017, after 63 graceful years of life dedicated to helping and inspiring others, especially through her art.

Julie was born on October 17, 1953, in Camden, Arkansas, the first child of William Garner and Joy Johnston Wepfer. In 1967 the Wepfer family moved to Memphis, where her father bought the first of many businesses he would own and operate, several of which Julie worked in. In 1971, Julie graduated from White Station High School in Memphis and went to Tulane University to study architecture, earning a master's in 1976. In New Orleans, she met and married Charles Wesley "Toto" Robinson and together they had two sons, William "Garner" Robinson and Charles "Wesley" Robinson, IV. Julie and Toto remained married for 19 years.

Throughout life, Julie was involved in things new and interesting. She was the Director of Public Relations for the 1986 New Orleans World's Fair, a producer of the daily television news show PM Magazine, manager of international barge shipments for Wepfer Marine, and a feng shui consultant - to name just a few. Leaving New Orleans in 2001, she made beautiful homes and friendships in Mill Valley, California and Asheville, North Carolina, and with close friends explored India and Costa Rica, spreading love, joy, and grace everywhere she went. She is most known for her work as an artist, creating peaceful works some described as "abstract meditational". Her art was exhibited at galleries and shows in Asheville, Dallas, Memphis, and New Orleans. Julie shared, "To me, abstract painting is about tapping into the intuitive aspects of our human nature to explore the mysteries beyond ordinary experiences. When I am painting, there is a certain magic that happens that transcends the mundane, everyday world around me while I am still a part of it." Her works are displayed in private collections around the world, and were recently included in an installation "Art as Inspiration" at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, a poignant coda to her seven-year battle with the disease, which ultimately claimed her life. Her estate is in discussions with the New Orleans Museum of Art about donating a piece to its permanent collection, and will endow a bench in her honor at the nearby sculpture garden.

Julie considered her finest work to be her sons Garner and Wesley. After Asheville, she returned to New Orleans to enjoy life with her boys, who were her steady and loving support both as she lived and as she died. She was a loving mother and advisor to them, especially as they navigated the complexities of the family businesses they worked in. Her greatest joy later in life was her grandson "Charlie" Robinson, child of Wesley and his wife Werner Viser Robinson. She also leaves behind her sister Janet Wepfer Leavell and husband George, her brother John William Wepfer and wife Lucy, and fifteen nieces and nephews. She loved and encouraged everyone she touched. Family and friends are invited to join a visitation at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 2:00 PM. The New Orleans Museum of Art will establish a memorial fund in her honor; in lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to it in her memory.

Published in The Times-Picayune on Apr. 23, 2017

Octavia Art Gallery

Grandson Charlie making an appearance at Octavia Gallery opening.

Grandson Charlie making an appearance at Octavia Gallery opening.

Harmonic Overtones 

November 7th - December 5th
Octavia Art Gallery
454 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Many thanks to Octavia Art Gallery for a beautiful show and wonderful opening exhibition and thanks to everyone who came out, even my grandson!  Please enjoy some images from the opening reception on November 7th.  The gallery will be closed November 26-28 for Thanksgiving but the exhibition will be up until December 5th so please drop by if you are in the area!

Excerpt from Octavia Press Release

"Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new work by artists Julie Robinson and Greta Van Campen. This will be the second exhibition with the gallery for Robinson and the first for Van Campen.  Julie Robinson’s mixed media works on Mylar are beautiful examples of lyrical abstraction.  Inspired by the ethereal, her paintings push beyond what we encounter everyday, creating spaces that are both playful and meditative.  Composed by layering numerous glazes and intuitive gestural marks, there is a depth and immediacy in her work. Robinson’s work is balanced in its ability to be both familiar yet fresh, and  energetic yet tranquil.  There is a fluidity and cohesion to her work that makes each mark appear to be part of the next, tapping into the intuitive aspects of our human nature."

Next Exhibition:

L Ross Gallery
5040 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN 38117

My next show will be held at the L Ross Gallery in Memphis, TN as part of her 10th anniversary group exhibition in mid-January.  The exact dates are in the works but please stay tuned!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

                      L Ross Gallery

                      L Ross Gallery

Blue Print Store - Art Show

Thursday, October 8th from 5-7pm
2707 Fairmount Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

I am very excited to announce my upcoming art show in Dallas, Texas this Thursday, October 8th at Blue Print Store!  Come meet me and three other amazing artists including Selena Beaudry, Maxine Price and Robert Rhea at this wonderful location. 


Below is an excerpt of some of the great questions Blue Print asked me recently for their blog.  Find the full interview and more about Blue Print Store on their website.  To learn more about my work and my process please see my About section. 

when someone walks into your show, what do you hope they will grasp or enjoy about your paintings/art?

i’m delighted when the viewer of my art finds a little joy or peace. i paint in a visual language that is meant to be personal and unique to each person. of course, that will change and be different perceptions on different days. beyond that, my desire is that the viewer looking at my paintings will have an experience of something beyond the tangible, or an awakening inside that reminds them of something timeless.

i started calling my paintings transcendental because that’s what it’s like for me when i’m painting – transcending this every day world around me and entering into this other dimension that is very uncomplicated.


why art?

a path in art is not something i chose, rather I feel like it chose me. i remember staying up all night on the weekends in high school to finish a painting. for college i felt like an art degree was too impractical and chose architecture school as a more practical application in the world. although i have a masters degree in architecture, i am a painter at heart. it’s what i love doing.

what do you consider most integral to the work of an artist?

i think as artists we are all seeking to find our own unique voice, which is tough because there really is nothing new under the sun. with the internet we are constantly exposed to images from all over the world which makes it more of a challenge to create something this is your own. finding and expressing your unique visual voice is the essence of being an artist. For me this is the ongoing path of being an artist -listening and following my own intuitive truth.

what role does the artist have in society?

to communicate in ways that cannot be expressed verbally. abstract art gives the viewer a glimpse of emancipation or respite from the busy commentary of the mind.

Read more at http://blueprintstore.com/blog/?p=6553


Evolution of a Painting

People often ask me if my work is affected by my environment. The answer to this question is present in the paintings themselves. You can see the lush and colorful springtime we've experienced in the mountains of Asheville reflected through the chartreuse greens and pinks in this recent piece.
When I start a painting I never have a specific idea or image in mind. My paintings are about the process of layering colors and textures – they are a conversation between me and the medium, and the environment I'm working in influences this dialog.

I photographed this piece at different stages in its development so far.  You can see its evolution in the brief video, below. It may be a finished piece or it could continue evolving.  It's time to let this one sit for a while.

Best of Both Worlds

I recently returned to Asheville after spending the winter in New Orleans, where I decided to make a second home to be near my kids. I lived in New Orleans for 30 years, and raised my children there, so the past few months were like a wonderful homecoming reconnecting with friends and colleagues—many that I hadn't seen since I left in 2001. This is the first time in my life that I’m living and working in 2 different cities. What a ride! 

My New Orleans studio is in Mid City, an historic district just 9 blocks away from the house I lived in for 21 years. It’s taken some effort to make the studio functional and it’s practically the polar opposite of my set up in Asheville, but I really love it and relish the experience.

My studio in New Orleans.

My studio in New Orleans.

Now I'm back working in Asheville and it's wonderful to be in the mountains to experience spring’s unfolding of the new leaves and blooming trees everywhere. This is my favorite season of the year, and I find that the chartreuse greens and pinks of spring are finding their way into my paintings.

Scenes from my Asheville Studio.

Scenes from my Asheville Studio.