Living in New Westminster with one spunky and loving black and white cat plus a gentle, old grey, Julia is a representational artist whose work reflects her deep spiritual connection with the serenity of nature.
A poetic participant of RCLAS (The Royal City Literary Society) and past president of New West Artists (NWA), Julia paints in both watercolours and acrylics. A medium who gives psychic readings and creates auragraphs (pyschic artwork created especially for the sitter), she is also a Dr Bach Flower Essence consultant.
Highlights of her painting career include:
- “favourite things: A FINE EXHIBITION OF ART”, Gabor Gasztonyi Studio Gallery, August 25 – September 24, 2016.
- “DIVERSE CITY” a collection of 15 texts matched with 15 art renderings, at the Anvil Center, April 4 – June 3, 2016.
- “WAIT FOR ME DADDY”, the inaugural exhibition at the Anvil Center in September, 2014.
- “There is Poetry in Nature” at the New Westminster Public Library in June 2012, her first solo exhibit.
Julia has displayed individual works in various local shows, including the Anvil Center in New Westminster, 2014 and 2016; and the Monique Lum Studio in the New Westminster Cultural Crawl in August 2011 and 2012. Julia has also participated in several New West Artist events over the past years, such as Art Squared and the NWCC, plus shows at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby and the Gallery in Queen’s Park, New Westminster.
Julia’s creative talents were evident at an early age as she comes from an artistic and musical family. But art took a back seat to career most of her working life, with only occasional forays into oil painting as a teenager, then acrylics in her late twenties, with flurries of Christmas card making every few years or so.
She excelled at art in high school, and briefly considered a career in interior design. However, since life is what happens when we make other plans, Julia found herself working first as a secretary, then in office administration, before finally becoming a secretarial and word processing instructor at a private business college.
In her favourite but final post as job placement coordinator, helping people find jobs and transforming themselves anew was exceedingly fulfilling and rewarding. Unfortunately, she was forced to retire because of health issues.
Fortunately, every cloud has a silver lining, and retirement allowed her to explore other avenues while providing more time for creative pursuits. Armed with a certificate in desktop publishing and computer graphic design, Julia became a (very) part-time web designer and editor working from her home, then also decided to take up pottery. But what to do with all those pots???
In the meantime, a friend said she’d always wanted to do some painting, so Julia offered to take a watercolour painting class with her. Eventually, the friend dropped out, but Julia was hooked.
Studying with artists Robert Ascroft, Heather E. Anderson, and Marney-Rose Edge over the years was fun, interesting, and exciting. Along with making new friends and meeting new challenges, classes were an enjoyable opportunity to nurture long-neglected talents.
~ updated July 2017