Creative Julie Deluz joins us on Close-Up Culture to talk about her painting style, using art as a form of therapy, being scouted as an actor, and much more.
Can you tell us about your upbringing and your earliest memories of creating art?
My grandma was an artist so I was always painting when I visited her. I also loved drawing from a young age. So I was always painting and drawing whenever I had time.
How did you develop as an artist and form your incredible expressionalist style?
First of all, thank you very much! As I said I was always drawing and painting at a young age but as I got older I was always busy with sports, school and work. After I finished school I worked two years in Spain, where I found art for myself again and I got a lot of inspiration.
Back in Germany, I started to study acting at the university and I worked as an actress again. I worked so much that I had no time for myself, sometimes even no time to sleep. Every role you play has its own story and emotions, and sometimes I struggled to get rid of them and just be Julie again.
One day I took the brush and just started painting. I figured out that I could just bring all these emotions onto the canvas and they would stay there. I feel free if I express my emotions in that way – it’s kind of a meditation or even therapy for me. I don’t have to think about if every line is perfect (as with drawings). I just go with the flow.
What do you love most about creating art?
I love that I’m creating something. Every piece is unique. The paintings are revealing so much about me and my emotional state but the people don’t directly see what it’s saying. You can watch the same painting for hours and you always discover new aspects.
It’s just nice to heal myself through my art, and help other people at the same time.
What is your proudest moment as an artist?
I’m very proud of my exhibitions and when people all over Europe buy my art – and that I reached this stage in my career in such a short period of time.
But the best moment for me is when people spend time with my art and they tell me what they see in it. Or when people say that when they look at my artworks it reminds them of good old times and makes them smile.
As well as art, you are a talented actor. What drew you to acting?
I’ve always been creative, my star sign is cancer and that fits me perfectly. When I played with friends we always dreamed that we were actors, models or singers. We wrote our own role plays and showed them our parents. I took singing and acting lessons, and dreamed about acting on TV.
Actually my parents were not so happy with my dream so I thought about doing a “normal” job. But I still had this dream and, as I turned 18, I applied for jobs to be an extra in movies, that’s how I got on my first set. They had a scene with 100 extras and the director came up to me and asked me if I was an actress. He said he saw my talent and, if I wasn’t already, I should pursue an acting career – and that’s what I did.
What would be your dream role as an actor?
I have two dream roles that I’d like to play one day. The first one is a musical movie like Mamma Mia, because I love to sing and dance. The other one is an action movie, maybe like James Bond, because I love fighting and I’m a kickboxer.
How would you describe your approach to life?
I’m really open minded and I try to take every chance I get, that’s why I’m working so much. I think that hard work pays off one day and that’s the key for success. On the other hand, I think that everything happens for a reason and that there’s a way already planned for us.
What are your hopes and ambitions for the future?
I hope that the whole situation in the world gets better some day. I would like to travel a lot again and to work more in other countries. I hope that I’ll make my way and develop everything I’m doing. I want to work more internationally in acting, modeling and art. I would also like to publish my own songs and work as a singer as well.
Apart from that, I just hope that my family, friends and I stay safe and healthy.