The artist says that 'In art, as with many things in my life, I have been a “late bloomer”.' Her formal education was decidedly un-artistic; degrees in sociology and criminology led to decades of highly analytical work. Meanwhile, a part of her yearned for something more expressive, and found herself drawn to galleries and, in particular, to portraiture, with a nagging certainty that “I can do that”.
Finally, in 1981 Julia sought out a teacher and was fortunate to come under the tutelage of master portraitist Bob Gerbracht. Bob’s instruction was in pastel, a medium that she immediately embraced for its vibrancy and spontaneity. Continuing to work in a representational style, the artist found that colour, for its own sake, had the ability to influence the power and impact of a painting. In 1995 she was working on a painting of giraffes, whose astonishing shapes and contours seemed to lend themselves to an outrageous approach. Choosing to introduce colour totally outside the normal range, the result was one of unexpected whimsy. That painting gave birth to the Party Animal Series with which Julia's art is most often associated.
Julia continues to live and work on Salt Spring Island. Contact the artist for an appointment.
where to see or read more
shows: Julia's work can be seen at the following Galleries.
Gallery 421, Kelowna, BC.
The Avens Gallery, Canmore, AB.
Picture This Gallery, Sherwood Park, BC.
Collectors Choice Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
The Old Town Gallery, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
web: Visit the artists' website for more info and images.
contact the artist
address: 143 Jennifer Way, SSI
phone: 250.930.8307 or 1.888.371.6444
My love of color is a constant in all that I paint. While it takes an exaggerated and unconventional form with the Party animals, I use it to enhance and add life in all my work.