Julia Schwartz on painting

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“I think of these as ‘states of being’ paintings rather than self-portraits, the artist being immersed in a state of being that shines through the work, whether there are recognizable figurative elements or not.  Is it a state of mind? A state of being or way of being is not necessarily a state of mind. They are how we find ourselves and show ourselves- as mothers, fathers, women, men, artists, survivors, and humans above all else.” ~ Julia Schwartz