Julea Boswell is a visual artist who divides her time between Ottawa, Ontario and her home province of Prince Edward Island. Her multifaceted career includes an impressive breadth of both artistic and other accomplishments. Working first as a dance artist and studio owner, she then moved into marketing and management roles, including in cultural services with the City of Ottawa before returning to performing arts as general manager with award-winning Propeller Dance Company. Throughout her career, she held fast to her desire to one day return to studio life in order to pursue her talent as a visual artist. She has been exhibiting her art since 2016.
Julea's art is in both private collections and public spaces in Canada, Germany, Myanmar and the US, and has been exhibited in several juried shows. It is for sale at The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, with West Carleton Arts Society in Ottawa, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick and online with Herringbone Gallery. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Theatre (Dance) program, holds an MBA and is currently working towards a BFA in Visual Art.
Julea Boswell creates lyrical abstract paintings that are sparked by the energy and movement in nature. Speaking about her art, she says "There is an underlying emotional landscape to what I do. Images of nature’s amazing beauty float in and out of my consciousness as I create. Having lived most of my adult life near the awesome Ottawa River and having grown up on beautiful Prince Edward Island, my art is awash with expressions of weather, water and wildflowers." Each work is realized through a process of discovery fuelled by her imagination, love of colour and sense of movement. She produces paintings that are full of joyful movement and have a fresh, contemporary style.
Julea's artistic influences have been multidisciplinary. Although her career began in dance, her artistic ambitions also included becoming a visual artist and she has embraced various forms of creative expression along the way. Growing up her involvement in visual art, dance, music and theatre all played a part in setting the stage for the artist in her to flourish. Later, while working in dance, she continued to sketch and paint, designed and created costumes and started designing modern quilts. As other things in life took over she set aside her painting, but always knew she would eventually come back to it. In the meantime quilt design and textile art provided an outlet for her creative expression. Several years ago, Julea decided to make the leap to working professionally as a visual artist.
For Julea, creating art lifts her out of day-to-day stresses, both personal ones and the bigger ones in our current world. She is always moved by how viewers respond to her 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