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“Jazzy” –A painting by Julia Wickes

painting by Julia Wickes


“Jazzy” –A painting by Julia Wickes

During my formal art education days, I was introduced to jazz through a teacher and a fellow student. The music that drifted through the Senior Studios had been unfamiliar to me. I was already a lover of many forms of music, so when listening to jazz, I could pick up snippets of familiar rhythms and melodies along with combinations of sounds that weren’t familiar. I began to take notice-there was a lot of improvisation, the musical artists weren’t constrained to a plan from start to finish and they could go where the music took them. And that’s how it is with my paintings, a mark, a color, like a note or rhythm sets things in motion. You may not know where you are going, but you will get there.

“Jazzy” commemorates this trumpet player – a man alone with his music – and how fortunate we are in Indianapolis to have a great jazz tradition and a vibrant jazz scene today, highlighted by this week’s Indy Jazz Fest.

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Julia Zollman Wickes is a painter of people–a Narrative and Figurative painter.  A native of southern Indiana, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Education in 1971 and graduated from Herron School of Art and Design–IUPUI with a degree in painting and minor in Art History in 2002.  Julia has been married to Jack Wickes for 44 years and they have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren.  Wickes lives and works in downtown Indianapolis.  You may view her work at

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