Artistic expression has played an important role throughout Julea Boswell’s life. While growing up in Prince Edward Island drawing, painting, dance, music, figure skating, and textile arts all played a part in her creative endeavours. “I thank my parents for setting the stage for the artist in me to flourish—they provided such varied creative experiences” says Julea. She adds, “And the discipline of having trained as a dancer and a skater at a young age carries over into everything I do—it allows me to accomplish a lot”.
Julea's multi-faceted career began in dance. After a decade in dance she earned her MBA and then worked as a marketing and planning strategist with several national and local organizations, eventually becoming part of the City of Ottawa’s cultural services team. Following that, Julea leapt back into the dance world as general manager with award-winning Propeller Dance Company.
Before embarking on a professional career in dance, visual art was a constant and important outlet for her creativity. "As other things in life took over, I set aside my painting but always knew I would come back to it", says Julea. Meanwhile, in her free time she turned to textiles as a medium, expanding her artistry through both functional and art quilts, and achieving recognition at the national level for one of her modern quilt designs. She has now made her way back to painting and is working solely as a visual artist.
Julea's art is in private collections in Canada, Germany, Myanmar, and the US, and has been exhibited in juried group and solo shows. It is for sale at The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick, online with Herringbone Gallery and through her studio. She is a Theatre School grad (dance major), holds an MBA, and is currently working part-time towards a BFA in Visual Art.
Julea divides her time between Ottawa, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
I create joy-filled abstract paintings sparked by the energy and movement in nature. Each creation is a process of discovery fuelled by my imagination and my love of colour. Having grown up on Prince Edward Island, my art is awash with expressions of weather and water—images of its amazing natural beauty float in and out of my consciousness as I create. Only after the paintings are finished do the titles declare themselves.
Other forms of artistic expression also influence the look and feel of my work. My background as a dancer gives it a sense of movement and a lyrical quality, while my skills as a modern quilt designer are always at my fingertips when it comes to process and compositional considerations. I aim for an overall result that is full of energy and has a fresh, relaxed and contemporary style.
When I create art it lifts me out of day-to-day stresses, both personal ones and the bigger ones we share in our current world. I am always so encouraged and motivated by how viewers have responded to my work as it seems to resonate with them in this way too.
"Wow! Such colour and freedom. I love your expression of movement." - Solo show visitor
“Love all your artwork - so happy and full of light and energy and beauty! You are such a good artist. The world needs that vision.” - Facebook follower
“There is so much sun and cheer and positive energy in what you do; love it!” - Website visitor
"Your joyful work is exactly what the world needs!" - Artwork Archive blog author
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