Julie was born in Kansas City and spent her formative years growing up in the rural Ozark hills of Central Missouri. Surrounded by farming, woods, country roads and plenty of wildlife, Julie allows these rich childhood experiences to strongly influence her art. Julie’s love of art was obvious at a very young age. Drawing, writing and sewing were her constant entertainment, but as she moved into the responsibilities and stresses of a working mother, everything art in her life was packed up and and left neglected. It wasn’t until 2010 that she decided to take a drawing class at the community college, followed by an online painting course. That was all the spark needed to rekindle that fire and get the passion burning once again in her heart. With a great deal of hard work, determination and focus, Julie’s work is beginning to be noticed around the country and even internationally. Adjectives often used to describe Julie’s art are the words “whimsical” or “childlike”. Julie has a unique ability to combine both details and bright colors to capture her audience and draw them into the piece. She sets out as a goal with each work of art to emotionally transport those that view her work to a more innocent and happy time in their lives. Smiles are what she looks for when she is watching those that are observing her work and there is usually no shortage of smiling in the room.
I'm just a simple artist trying to spread some joy and tell a story with my paintbrush. I adore painting in acrylics, but can’t deny that drawing has always been my first love. There is just something about the contrast between the black of the ink and white of the paper that makes me happy. I will often combine the pen and ink with a touch of colored pencils. My work has certainly evolved over the years and I find it so much easier to be colorful and humorous with my art, using bold strokes or thick paint.
There is just so much beauty that God has given us in His creation and it is often difficult for me to decide just what should my next subject be. This is my journey and with God's help I will strive to honor Him by loving His creation and attempting to capture that beauty with some paint on a canvas.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23