Julie Schumer, a native of Los Angeles, California, now living and painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, discovered her love of abstract expressionism at age 5. She works in that vein simultaneously on her figurative and abstract landscape series. A criminal defense lawyer for many years, Schumer is self-taught and has been painting steadily for the past 20 years. Her work is shown in various galleries across the United States and is in numerous private collections. Her works range from the contemplative and atmospheric to the stormy. Although many of her abstract works are bursting with color, movement and energy, more recently she has worked with a more limited, neutral palette and the appearing and disappearing lines that characterize her figure series, focusing on her own interior landscape, guided by her intuition and emotion. These lines are at once both controlled and energetic, creating forms that emerge and dissolve and that reveal intense emotion and quiet tranquility.