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julie brookman

julie brookman

In the reception area of Sol Spa, hangs an ocean-inspired installation by Julie Brookman. Julie’s paintings are made from hot wax and pigment and capture the myriad faces and moods of the sea - a natural source of relaxation, contemplation and renewal intrinsic to Central Coast living.


Based in Montara, California, artist Julie Brookman is best known for her encaustic paintings, where through hot wax and pigment she captures the myriad faces and moods of the sea. To create her paintings, Brookman focuses on layering, transparency, and repetition of movement to allow the paintings to form intuitively. It involves more elemental processes than the usual picture -- Brookman works in encaustic, a medium of ancient provenance which involves hot wax as a binder for pigment. Aspects of the process are inherently uncontrollable, and instead require an ability to allow the painting to unfold on its own.

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