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Life & Work with Juliet Gilden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliet Gilden.

Hi Juliet, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a family with a mother who was an artist and a father who spent his early adult years stage acting in New York City. My parents eventually came back to Baltimore and opened an art gallery. I spent so much of my childhood in their gallery, looking at art and meeting artists. I have always loved to draw, paint and make collages. I eventually grew up to go to The Maryland Institute of Art and took all of my studio classes there. But, it was not until 20+ years after college graduation that I decided to become a full-time artist. It was what I always wanted to do and dreamed of doing, but I was afraid of not being able to make a living. I needed to reach middle age to become brave enough to leap.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
It has been both a smooth and bumpy road. I wake up every day happy and excited to paint and focus on my artwork. I also, however, worry about making a consistent living. Some months are terrific money-wise, and some are downright awful. So, I must keep my spirits up when difficult times happen. I remind myself of how much I love what I’m doing and that things go in cycles and not to worry.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a full-time artist, and I paint in acrylics on canvas. My style is based on realism but a very free-form interpretation of it. I am most interested in painting women, animals, and current events. I am fascinated by the human experience and the emotions that come from those experiences. I strive to convey them in my work by using large eyes, elongated limbs, exaggerated feet and hands, and color choice.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
Connecting with people through my paintings is what matters most to me. I love the idea of being able to communicate and possibly find common ground or encourage people to look at something from a different perspective through art.

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