Fragments of Light

Spiritual Abstractions

In her Artist’s Statement, Julie Quinn describes her work as personal expressions of her spiritual journey, “. . . visual prayers . . . poetic expressions of unseen places, where the divine meets human, heaven meets earth, spirit meets spirit, and the invisible is made visible . . . a yearning for heavenly language, a grasping for the divine . . .”

Julie Quinn, Contemplation

Let your heart and spirit go where perhaps you’ve not gone before . . . where the unseen is calling, the invisible is made known . . . — Julie Quinn

Julie Quinn, Unfathomable Grace

Julie Quinn, Resurrection

Some of the artist’s blogs explore very personal struggles with pain and loss; I wonder if the paintings in progress at such times look or feel different from periods of rest or grace? And, if so, how?


Artist’s Bio

The daughter of an American Air Force serviceman, Quinn was born and raised in Japan. She currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She works in layers of ink, oil, and acrylic on clayboard.

Her work is represented by Douglas Flanders and Associates and the J. Petter  Galleries. Her blog can be found on her website at

3 thoughts on “Spiritual Abstractions

  1. I find all of life to be an exquisite dance between loss and abundance…between pain and grace…and I have discovered moments of absolute clarity and beauty in the midst of the darkest hour and among the ashes of my life….
    I am unable to separate pain from the beauty of restoration and healing. It has been my experience that grace abounds…especially so in our darkest hours. So my work is a delicate balance of loss and grace…strife and transformation… amidst the pain. The pieces may have elements of struggle during such times, but there is always and forever hope, light, and beauty.
    So does my work look different during periods of rest and peace in my own life? My artistic language always remains the same. But I believe the calligraphy which represents my prayer language may have subtle variations that most likely only I can see. And there may be subtle differences in color and movement. But otherwise the work remains consistent. Because even during the times of peace in my own life, my work is affected by the world around me. And I am always aware of the struggles going on…particularly in the ones I am so blessed to know intimately and love. I am simply the vessel or channel through which their stories, as well as mine, become visible portrayals in my work…
    Julie Quinn

    1. Thank you, Julie.
      It’s hard to hold onto beauty when we experience pain — your work is a tremendous encouragement!

  2. Julie. I’m so happy for you and your art. I have had pain in my body for so many years and my mental outlook has suffered also. I Praise my Savior Jesus Christ who is with me every day that He helps with living on this earth. I looking forward to live with Him forever.

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