Julia grew up along the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota, in a family who strongly encouraged her development of art as a career. Julia's father was a professional artist, so there were always plenty of materials to work with for painting and drawing. These were supplemented by lifelong lessons from her dad on painting and drawing techniques.
Julia attended college at the St. Paul School of Associated Arts. She started selling her paintings at exhibits around the Midwest in the early 1980's. Since then she has exhibited in many outdoor shows, shown her work in galleries, painted numerous murals, illustrated books, and has participated in and organized public art projects. Julia has owned two galleries with studios over the years and now paints in a new studio near her home in Goodview, Minnesota.
Julia has worked extensively in oil pastels and is currently focused on oil painting. Her work is usually inspired by nature around the Winona area and in places where she has traveled, mainly the Western Plains of the United States and the Highlands of Scotland. She also finds inspiration in music, literature, and science. These subjects have provided ideas for abstract paintings and drawings.
This year will be the twentieth year of the Winona Art Walk. Julia has participated in every one except the first. The Art Walk has been a strong tradition in the Winona art community. The River Arts Alliance has been flexible in its adaptation of the events that it has sponsored in the past, helping to keep the art community vibrant by staying connected through digital media.
As an artist the recent isolation due to COVID-19 has given Julia more time to consider how she is connected to the rest of the world through observing nature more closely than ever before. Just like so many other people, Julia has been soul searching and staying creative. The recent months have proven challenging but enlightening for Julia. It has been a time to develop technique, learn new skills, and connect with friends, family, and the greater community in new and exciting ways.