Julie Strong


Deborah Hake Brinckerhoff


I paint quickly, intuitively, and work much of the surface at the same time.  The tension of composition as well as the emotional and physical weight of a painting is important to me.  By that I mean that I want to convey emotion through abstract expression using line and gesture drawing as foundation.  In the past, most of my work has been figurative, and I have paid particular attention to the question of where in the body the figure holds its “weight” (both literally and figuratively).  I’m always asking the question of what “story” the figure can offer the viewer and what emotion does the image convey? One of the main stories I find myself drawn to in particular is that of human survival: the ways in which people make themselves vulnerable, and then are able to maintain resiliency through the messiness of living.  I’m intrigued by where the story of the viewer and the story of the image converge.