"Nature, science, the sky, and happy moments of being alive inspire me. I read encyclopedias, astronomy books, and science magazines to find inspiration for my art images. Over the last year I have focused on painting birds. I like showing their patterns and families! I draw with colors and new shapes from my imagination. It makes me feel calm to paint and sew and do jewelry. I like doing detailed work with intricate designs. I choose to make art because it's peaceful, loving, and magical. YES! (arms raised to the sky with enthusiasm)!"
Currently Julia creates acrylic paintings, ceramics, fabric arts, and precious metal clay jewelry. She has autism which causes her more challenges than most of us in communicating through words. She is prolific, however, at expressing herself in shapes and colors!
Her creations pour out of her in a free, daring, and authentic manner. She creates because it connects her to the world, releases her internal imaginings, and brings her joy. She creates because art is a core part of who she is.
Over the last 5 years, Julia exhibited in art shows at Art Without Labels Gallery in Petaluma, Cal Tash Conference, the Live Oak Park Craft Show in Berkeley, the Art and Garden Show in Petaluma (twice), Supported Living Conference Art Show in Sacramento, the KPFA Craft Fair, and Studio 35 in Sonoma. She has held “Open Studio” sales, participated in Art in the Park at Armstrong Woods, and the Optics & Nature Festival and Vintage Festival in Sonoma gaining recognition. In July of 2017 she was juried into the Arts Guild of Sonoma and exhibits regularly there.
For one year she planned an exhibit called “Imagine A World” with a theme of candlelight and campfire light inspiring peace and calm in a person. This culminated in her one woman show at the Bump Wine Cellars August of 2016 in Sonoma , CA which was a huge success with multiple sales and great art exposure.
Julia sells locally in Sonoma County at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, Made Local in Petaluma and Alchemia in Petaluma and is expanding into new galleries for 2018. In March 2017 she is participated in the Trashion Fashion event at the Sonoma Community Center. During the same month she exhibited her bird quilt at the annual Vintage House Quilt show. She had a one woman show at Alchemia Gallery in Petaluma, CA with a nature theme which is a theme continuous in many of her art works.
Julia was one of the top 12 finalists recognized by Creative Sonoma, in the autumn of 2016, a Sonoma County arts support organization with their project called “Discovered” for artists to watch for in the coming years. In the winter of 2016, Julia was juried into ArtLifting.com, an online gallery and organization supporting artists with disabilities to showcase her work on a national level.
Julia’s new explorations include trying blending some of her many mediums she works in. Julia’s enthusiasm and energy to create is so inspiring! It makes one want to get on board and create too. As Julia would say “How about now?”