Tulis studied the figure and design at a New York atelier, where she focused on historically based techniques and concepts. She views her work as a craft by which to conjure beauty and make a platform for the viewer’s memory and emotions.
Her academic studies of the live model left her looking for a more formal yet uninhibited visual language, leading her to study objects in museums and resulting in a method of building a visual framework of reference documents citing classical design. She uses a method of selecting and recording that is intuitive. Yet it also subtly questions historiography, the conventional museum structure and the dogmas of the academy.
By restaging forms and borrowing themes from Greco-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic works, she fits her work within a self-prescribed set of limitations and ideals. Such limits and creative rituals enable a deeper exploration of conceptual design and form and promotes an inquisitive gaze.-