Meet Featured Artist, Julie Ahmad!
Ahmad's artwork is on display now until January 6 at our S Lamar location, 3003 S Lamar Blvd.
An East Coast native, Ahmad grew up in Connecticut and then moved to New York City in her mid-20's to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She remained in NYC for seven years, going on to work in a denim design house on 7th Avenue after graduation. Much of her painting style is influenced by her time spent in the Big Apple.
After leaving NYC, Ahmad and her husband moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they lived for three years. At that point, she traded in her fashion design chops for a career in real estate investment.
Upon falling pregnant, Ahmad and her husband decided to move to Austin to raise their growing family. When we spoke with Ahmad she told us, "I can’t think of a better place to raise a family than Austin, and I feel really grateful to be able to live here."
During her pregnancy with her daughter, Aaliyah, Ahmad discovered a strong desire to work with her hands. She felt a correlation between the act of creation happening within her body and the need to express that outwardly.