Julie Steyer
Artist statement

I have been exhibiting my art professionally for almost 30 years, from the Bay Area to Ventura County, and now in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County:  in numerous group shows, art fairs, and private and cooperative galleries, including the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. I have also exhibited in several local solo shows. My work is in private collections throughout California. My art has been published in several formats:  as cards, book illustrations, and scientific illustrations.

My work has evolved over the years from botanical illustration to nature abstractions and the artform of the mandala, or sacred circle. I work in acrylic, mixed media collage, watercolor, and colored pencil.

My influences are meditation, nature, and the art of many cultures. The symbols of nature are all around to be discovered. Often a symbol finds me and I am led into exploring a new world of designs, colors, and images.  The mandala form of the circle lends itself to exploring new forms of symmetry and balance.

I have also taught art for many years to youth and adults. Teaching art is a treasured vocation that I feel privileged to be a part of.


My work contains the seed of an idea that I strive to express: the inner patterns and rhythms of our lives relate to the outer natural world. I dedicate my work to the spirit of inner and outer peace.