If you've ever been inside J. Razzo's, it's hard to miss the bright and colorful artwork on the walls. What you might not know is that the art is local and also for sale!
Artist Julie Joy is an explorative, versatile impressionist
and abstract painter that utilizes oil and acrylic mediums. She likes to get
out of her studio and convey the emotion of her subject matter by traveling and
painting outside, giving fresh emotion in the lighting and color that is always
in a constant state of change. You can see this in her pieces depicting
landscapes, flowers and local Carmel landmarks that are hanging on the walls
inside the restaurant.
"My art is a balance between the emotion of the subject
matter and my own heart," Julie Joy said. "I am lucky enough to be able to
transcend time, loosing myself in my passion to create. Walking in nature
prepares me for the day's painting session. Each day, my subject matter varies
from a loose interpretation of a landscape to an abstract vision that I have
glimpsed in my sleep state. My goal is to bring the depths of my soul and the
joy of living to emanate from each painting. May it bring healing and peace to
those who interact with it."
Julie Joy was born in a small farming community in Ohio with
four siblings. With her parents struggling to survive and seeking work in
different places across the United States, Julie Joy learned to adapt to change
and relate to many cultures. This sense of versatility has spilled over into
Open-hearted and passionate, Julie Joy strives to create art
that depicts a strong depth of emotion. Her world of expressiveness through a
deft brush stroke tells stories that vibrate in color and light. It's easy to
fall in love with her passion, creativity and ability to create a visual
experience that leads to art that collectors say they can feel.
"It is a joy to hang my artwork and be a part of the J.
Razzo's family," said Julie Joy. "It is our goal to bring Carmel together where
you will have a warm and welcoming experience with good food and the flavors of
local art that tells a community story. I am excited to say that I have
envisioned bringing downtown Carmel to J. Razzo's. That dream has now turned
into a reality."
You can not only see Julie Joy's artwork of local Carmel
landmarks on the walls of J. Razzo's, but it is available for purchase as
greeting cards. Each card tells a story of the historical significance of that
landmark. "I have signed the front of each card, so it is very special and a
gift from my heart to the beautiful city of Carmel."
Julie Joy is now an artist, teacher, writer and leader in
the community. She has resided in Carmel, Indiana for the past 15 years being a busy
single mom of her three children, Dylan, Cassidy and Morgen. Come in for dinner
and a look at her work on our walls, or you can visit her website at www.juliejoy.org.