It’s always such a pleasant surprise to see an artist on Etsy and realize that you have a lot in common with them, even though you’ve never met. I feel that way looking at the work of Julie Beck, of JulieBCreative.
Both of us grew up in Upstate New York along the Erie Canal, which I think helps explain why I felt like I “recognized” the places and architectures she paints. Clearly we also like the same books…as soon as I saw this painting, I thought, “Hey, Grapes of Wrath!” And what do you know, apparently that book was her inspiration for this piece!
I love how this painting captures that old Americana feel, while at the same time conveying a very modern style and design through the inset and the almost pixel-ized squares of color.