"against the grain" is a collection of encaustic paintings on wood by Julie Zarate, coupled with quotes from historical figures who challenged conservative wisdom. These were bold spirits who dared go against the grain in their time and, thus, left an indelible mark in the annals of mankind, for all who followed to benefit from.
The art that I create is an amalgam of influences from Michaelangelo to Yepes, covering an array of genres and styles, ultimately fusing them to create something contemporary and iconic, yet timeless and infinitely familiar. My early years were shaped by popular culture and the empowerment of women, thus most of my works reflect this. However, I am more interested in the journey and new discoveries of creating a new piece of work than I am with the finished product. This is usually how I discover something new, either in the execution or the medium. As my work continues to evolve, the strong undercurrent of taking risks, confidence and the sheer desire to create is ever present. - julie zarate