Artistic expression has been a constant in 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,” says Julea. She adds, “The discipline of having trained as a dancer and skater at a young age carries over into everything I do—it allows me to accomplish a lot”.
Julea’s varied career began in dance. After a decade in dance she earned her MBA and then worked as a marketing and planning strategist, including in municipal arts and culture with the City of Ottawa and as general manager with award-winning Propeller Dance Company. She now works solely as a visual artist, “As other things in life took over I set aside my painting, but always knew I would come back to it.” A multi-talented artist, Julea is also an accomplished modern quilt designer-maker.
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 online at Herringbone Gallery, The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick 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.
“I am lucky to be able to divide my time between two homes with inspirational water views—one in my Prince Edward Island and the other in Ottawa, Ontario.”
I create joy-filled art full of colour, imagination and movement. Abstract in style, each creation is a process of discovery. The creative concepts that shape my work are sparked by emotional memories—a certain place, activity, or simple turn of phrase. Having grown up in the amazing natural beauty of Prince Edward Island, the look and feel of my art is often awash with expressions of weather, water and wildflowers.
Other forms of artistic expression also influence my work. My background as a dancer lends a sense of movement and my skills as a quilt designer-maker are always at my fingertips when it comes to process.
I invite you to feel the joy and energy infused in my art and be relaxed by its fresh and contemporary style. I hope it provides an uplifting diversion from the stresses in our current world and day-to-day lives.
"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
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