Julia Katz, a BFA in Painting (Washington University), began working in 2006 with the theme of the human body in motion. Groups of people on the beach were natural fodder for depictions and gentle abstractions of both individual, moving figures and the dynamic, shifting form of a crowd. Over time, Katz began to expand focus from the human figure outward into the environmental scene, where light, clouds, and waves are always shifting and contribute to an overall sense of movement and dynamism. Figures become marks in a larger field, which conveys joy and exuberance as much through texture and patches of color as through the reference to a real-world landscape. Pinks, tans, and aquas situate these outdoor scenes in afternoon sunlight, and the movement conveyed through curving, visible brushstrokes is energetic and yet relaxed, like calm midday tides.