Working in several mediums, including acrylic, ink, and graphite, Schuster explores many styles, such as florals and abstracts, but specializes mainly in commissioned portraits of young children and pets, which she is drawn to “because of their innocence.” A self-taught Toledo, Ohio resident, Schuster regularly displays her work in downtown Toledo at the Davis Building and has recently returned to school for formal art training. She also teaches art to teens with disabilities and lends her talent to numerous local charities.
|"Peaceful" by Julie Schuster|
The winning portrait, “Peaceful,” showcases Schuster’s delicate hand and compelling use of light and shadow to depict an infant’s sleepy profile. “This was the easiest portrait I’ve ever drawn. I had the clearest mental picture of it and the work came out perfectly on my first attempt.”
A black or dark gray frame from our Basics, EcoCare, or Restorations collections, paired with a soft white mat, would make an ideal treatment for this meditative image.
To contact Schuster or follow her work, visit her American Frame gallery or her Facebook page.