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April 5, 2017



Florida artist Julie Keaten-Reed uses an ancient Asian brush and ink style to create her contemporary paintings.

The artist/designer: Keaten-Reed grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming and earned a master’s degree in English at San Francisco state University, where she began her career as an English instructor. In 1994, she moved to Japan to work as an English lecturer for five years. In 1999, she began to paint. She now lives in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The goods: In her work on paper and canvas, she uses traditional sumi ink and watercolor, or oil paint for thoughtful color accents.

What’s popular: Trees, such as windswept trees on rocks or hills, or her ecstatic blue tree. Prices range from $850 to $7,200, depending on the size.

Other favorites: Paintings that incorporate critters among leaves and branches, such as a delicate hummingbird ($850) or a kingfisher on a willow branch ($1,500).

Fun requests: To install her work (with her husband, Russ) in clients’ homes after long art shows. She enjoys seeing the piece in its new home — and learning more about the buyers.

Atlanta connections: Her parents graduated from Georgia Tech. Also her grandmother, the late Carley “Tedi” Craig, worked in Atlanta as a painter and teacher for many years after beginning her career as a sketch artist in California and then working for 25 years in Hollywood fashion design.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April 7-9) in Piedmont Park (

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