Biography of Julia S. Rasor
Julia is a native Californian – born in the Los Angeles suburbs. She has always loved art. As a young child her parents would draw with her on a roll of paper creating a timeline of progress through the years. Julia created paintings and collages when a teenager living in Heidelberg Germany and Dayton Ohio, and drew an illustration of a surgeon operating a remote robotic surgery device and hand plotted graphs published in her physicist father’s scientific journal article. Julia comes from an artistically endowed family. Her mother created beautiful oil paintings and both of her grandfathers were good at drawing, woodworking, and building things and her grandmothers adept with their hands sewing. She also learned the art of Old English lettering from her grandfather. As an adult, she designed and put in gardens in her homes in San Diego, Los Gatos, and Fallbrook California, sculpted and cultivated bonsai trees, and through the years found an additional artistic outlet via interior decorating which she absorbed living in the homes her mother so beautifully decorated.
At the end of 2009, her dear friend Holly introduced her to a wonderful small group of figurative sculptors at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Julia showed up with her bag of clay and tools, and with model in front of her, sculpted the piece titled “First”. She was more surprised than anyone else that she could sculpt! By profession she spent over 35 years as a clinical scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and serial CEO starting new medical device companies. She is now a professional sculptor in San Diego County, prolifically experimenting and producing pieces – fascinated by the many possibilities.
Julia says of her artistic process: “In creating my art, I allow my feeling at the time, and the particular medium, lead my exploration into forms that inspire, provide a feeling or message, or just cause curious wonderment. Most of my life has been spent exploring technical ways to aid the human body; my art allows me to explore and express human emotion”. Her art education has been from numerous professional and public artists in the form of classes, workshops and artistic critiques and advice.
Julia’s focus is on sculpting the human figure. Her interest in this subject arose through her years of study of the human body. She has created a large body of work of figurative sculptures in both representational and abstract styles. Her more recent works are abstract series of transforming spirits of natural materials and mesh forms of industrial materials. Julia has worked in a wide range of media – concrete, steel, mesh, ceramics, plaster, bronze, wax, mixed media, and often incorporates found wood and rusty steel artifacts.
Her works have been exhibited at Oceanside Museum of Art, Herbert B. Turner Gallery, Del Mar, CA; San Diego Sculptors Guild, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA and Tubac, AZ; Encinitas City Hall; Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook, CA; Fallbrook Art Center; The Studio Door gallery North Park San Diego; and at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA. Julia holds Open Studio, Workshop, and Artist Retreat events at her San Diego Artist Retreat located at her Fallbrook Avocado Ranch studio/gallery.
Collectors and artists describe Julia’s earlier ceramic sculpture in the following ways:
Dynamic, edgy, and dramatic.
Regarding the sculpture ‘Freedom’: “Your work carries the aesthetic simplicity of a well worked masterpiece”.
Regarding the sculpture ‘Rocky’: “I really enjoy this piece. It conjurers up concepts of achieving the ideal male physique and the struggles that accompany the journey to attaining that physical form. Stimulating”.
I just want to tell you that I’m a really big fan of your work. ‘Spike’ and ‘With the Flow”’ are so beautiful, they have touched my heart. ‘Rocky’ is my favorite, I feel I relate to this sculpture the most.
Julia used a clever technique of a book with two sides, separated but together, contrasting beautiful flowing classical sculptures with technically oriented angled and curved abstractive works. This was an effective means of expressing the two sides of her characterʼs role, the scientist entrepreneur contrasted with the sensual artist.
Collectors and artists describe Julia’s recent sculpture series of Transforming Spirits made of natural materials,Global Recession made of steel mesh and found industrial materials, and Fashion series in the following ways:
I just wanted you to know that I visited your show at Spanish Village this week and especially enjoyed the small Transformation series with it’s use of driftwood. I thought those pieces were unusual and very sensitive. I liked ‘Transforming Spirit II’ with its flow. You could see the struggle and joy of transformation at the same time.
What I like about your work is that you incorporate many elements (often found objects) into each piece. I not only enjoy the meaning behind each work but I enjoy the form and your unique use of color on many of your sculptures.
I have followed Julia’s work from her first forays into sculpting and was astounded at her talent. She has come so far and these recent works are stunning. ‘She’ [now ‘Haute Couture’] is such a beautiful combination of power and grace–two qualities which I think would be difficult to meld into the same work, but she has done it! It reaches into my soul on a visceral level portraying a strong woman who has been able to retain her grace and beauty while reaching new heights of autonomy. An artist of sorts myself in other mediums, I am so moved by the delicate shading of color and movement in this powerful piece.
‘Betrayed’ portrays exactly what the artist is feeling in her heart–a sense of hurt and betrayal, but she is not broken. Her knees are bent with the pain and weight of the betrayal, but she shakes her fist at the sky and refuses to break–what a powerful and brave piece. Sensing the emotion behind this work, it personally gives me courage to face the betrayals of life without being crushed. There is a Trojan quality to this work which speaks to overcoming adversity.
‘Mercury’ is interesting in its ethereal quality–much like its namesake. He seems to be carefree, moving and floating. Observing this fascinating work, I am reminded to rest and play and let the cares of the world fly away.