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Influence.  Webster Dictionary definition: an ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of men; an emanation of occult power held to derive from the stars; an emanation of spiritual or moral force.

It is the spiritual and moral forces which artist Julia Kennedy says has defined her work over the years. Drawing since early childhood, the self-taught artist from Biloxi, Mississippi, has always been drawn to the works of Marc Chagall and Odilon Redon and influenced in her thoughts by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

Her work has been exhibited by Paul Waggoner in 2005 at the International Arts Club in Chicago, as well as The Bienville Gallery in New Orleans, Art FX in Biloxi, and the Red Light Gallery in Atlanta.

She is an alumni of Saint Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in art and art history. She exhibited at the International Arts Club in March 2005. The images were rich and varied, from the biographical: “Child on Bicycle" (her maternal grandfather) to the “Snake Guarded Egg with Harem Lady.” This was swept out to sea in Katrina.

When Hurricane Katrina nearly obliterated the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, Kennedy fled her coastal home in the tidal surge that swept away many of her paintings. Now, a year later, her experiences of survival and rebuilding have found a voice in her art.

For her, "Katrina has challenged me at all levels of physical, mental, and spiritual endurance. It is an experience that I will process over the course of my life. Painting is my way of sharing such experiences and revealing my world in my language. I am a survivor and this is a rebirth. When you rebuild, there is newness to everything.I just follow the force."

All art work is considered copyrighted material by the artist's estate, but is free for noncommercial use. 


Julia Ann Kennedy

Born
Nov 29, 1952

The Artist.

Oil Paintings

Died
May 25, 2009
Early Drawings Post-Katrina Sketches Post-Katrina Oils