Julianne Wallace Sterling


In paint about the realities, complexities and absurdities of life as a woman.  With some bittersweet humor I explore the place where I rub up against the gender conditioning of my youth and the expectations of being a woman, wife and mother.  My paintings are about little secrets women keep to themselves.  As Cornelia Otis Skinner said “...Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.”  I’m drawing from the rich history of portrait painting with this work, creating a likeness but also musing on cultural norms and ideals of women.  

Over the past few years, I have found myself an artist trapped in a car commuting to and from work. Many an afternoon, I crawl every so slowly through traffic, I became interested in the people who occupied the streets and the signs that implore and prod us along from all sides.  I began drawing from candid photos that I took along the way, and painting on signs collected at junk yards. The body of work resulting from my fleeting observations is a mixed-media love song to my commute.