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"Study of an Artist", Oil on canvas, 16" x 16",

Julie Taylor Shematz 2000

Owned by Margie Rohr, South Bend, IN


Julie Taylor Shematz grew up on a large agricultural & livestock farm southeast of Chicago, IL, near Monticello, IN. She was drawing human figures before she was able to print her name. She excelled in art at an early age and was oil painting by the time she was twelve years old. While in high school, her drawings were subject to numerous awards and shows. She attended Purdue University on a track scholarship after graduation in 1983. Becoming injured her freshman year and unable to participate competitively anymore, she enrolled in beauty school. She figured that it was a career that would enable her to be creative. After working as a full time professional hair, nail & makeup artist for nine years in Lafayette, IN, she again enrolled full time at Purdue University at the age of twenty-eight. After two years she transferred into Herron School of Art/Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and in June of 2001 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University. Her emphasis was in drawing, painting & ceramics and she graduated in the top of her class. In May of 2000 she relocated to West Palm Beach, FL in pursuit of her dream of supporting herself entirely from her God given talent and in November of 2002 she moved to Fort Myers, FL to continue this quest.

While in Southwest Florida, she was invited to be on the SWFL Young Artists Competition Board of Directors as the Visual Arts Coordinator and asked to speak to parents, students & educators on the importance of art education. She worked part time two years as an art instructor with the Advanced Mentor Arts Academy in Fort Myers, FL and in December 2004, she retired from there to teach exclusively out of her own studio/gallery. She has taught classes collegiately and privately in multiple media to all ages for over twelve years and her students have acquired numerous local & national awards.

She has been represented by Arts for ACT (Abuse Counseling Treatment) gallery in downtown Fort Myers. Her oil paintings and ceramics were featured in Indianapolis, IN galleries, as well as featured in various publications. Her artworks, ceramics, drawings & paintings, have been shown in Chicago & New York City, as well as galleries in Lake Worth & Boca Raton, FL. While she was in college, her art was admired and sold in various juried exhibitions in the Midwest and at Purdue University, IUPUI & Indiana University.

Her artwork often reflects her life journey as a domestic abuse and trafficking, as well as her faith. Julie works in a variety of media & subject matters and combines them often. In regards to drawing & paintings, she has been exploring combining mixed media & techniques, as well as working with textural surfaces initiated on canvas and walls. Her most recent works utilize digital photography and graphic design technology, as well as traditional drawing and painting techniques. She favors using strong, bright colors and her portrait & figurative anatomy skills are remarkable. The sizes of her work range from 4"x 6" to 20'+x17'+.

In 2005, Julie founded the non-profit, Beauty From Ashes Ministries, Florida’s first and only human trafficking overcomer-led community service agency. The proceeds from Julie’s artwork go towards supporting the mission of Beauty From Ashes: to reach, rescue and restore victims of sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse. In 2010, Julie enrolled as a full time student in the Mental Health Counseling Masters of Arts Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is expected to graduate in May of 2013 and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Julie is very thankful to her family and friends for their support & prayers over the years. Most importantly, she is eternally grateful to her Lord, Jesus Christ, for His grace, mercy & faithfulness to her. He is blessing her with the desires of her heart.

"I See Diamonds", Oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

Julie Taylor Shematz 2000

For Sale

"Forgiven", Pastel on paper, 24" x 16"

Julie Taylor Shematz 1999

Sold by Arts for ACT, Fort Myers, FL

Julie Taylor Shematz

"If ANYONE is in Christ,


the old has gone, THE NEW HAS COME".

II Corinthians 5:17