by Lindsey Victoria Thompson

“I did not pick up a paintbrush until my junior year of high school,” says local Nashvillian and resident artist Julia Martin. “And then I never put it down. From that first moment I painted, I just knew.” The years Martin has spent developing her art are not easy for her to describe, and she finds it difficult to strictly define her style. “Above all, I am a painter,” she says. “That’s the most inspiring thing to me: putting paint on a surface. That’s the marrow of what I do. Nothing does it for me quite like that.”

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