As the daughter of a watercolor artist/art quilter, Julie grew up surrounded by creativity. After obtaining a BFA from the University of Delaware, she spent a decade as an Art Director at advertising agencies in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area. When motherhood came, she seized the opportunity to raise her two boys full-time and reboot.
A move to Austin and a chance exposure to alcohol inks sparked a passion that no other medium had instilled before. Their fluid dance and soulful nature immediately called to her, and she found the process itself to provide a symbolic practice of relinquishing control and being more present. Julie applies the concentrated ink drops to a heat resistant, smooth surface. When diluted with rubbing alcohol and guided by the stream of air from a handheld heat embossing tool, delicate pools and channels form without ever making direct contact with the surface. It is an intuitive dance – a give and take between artist and medium where influence transcends control. Three years later, Julie continues to experiment while both losing and finding herself in her art.