Featured Artist

Julie Bragonier Minnick

Julie Bragonier Minnick


Art is personal.

Art is powerful. Art connects.

A woman stood weeping in front of a painting. I watched as her emotions completely took over her. Quietly I stood next to her, waiting.

“Why are you crying?” I asked tentatively.

A wave of tears gushed from her eyes.

“This painting is exactly what I am going through in my life right now,” she whispered. “How did the artist know?”

“I’m the artist,” I whispered, “And I painted what I was feeling inside.”

She looked over at me and took my hand.

“Thank you,” she said through a weepy smile.

This was my very first show and my first experience as an artist. That was 18 years ago. And that moment moved me in such a way that I had to pursue a career in fine arts; and here we are 18 years and 200 sold paintings later.

As a collector and an artist, I’ve been on both sides of the painting.

Sometimes a buyer just likes what they see and so they buy the piece. I’ve done that many times myself. Other times, it moves them in a magical way that possibly only an artist can understand.

Painting for me is something I need to do. I must do. When the mood strikes, watch out. I will disappear for weeks on end and emerge with a dozen paintings.



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