Julea Boswell has always been involved in some form of creative expression. Her identity as an artist was formed in childhood when involvement in dance, visual art, music and theatre all played a part.
Her multifaceted career began in dance and then moved into marketing and management roles, including in arts and culture with the City of Ottawa and in performing arts as general manager with award-winning Propeller Dance Company. During that time she mastered modern quilt design and art quilts as forms of artistic expression. She returned to painting in 2015. Julea has since staged four solo art exhibitions, earned representation with three galleries, and has been in several juried shows. She holds a Dipl. in Theatre (Dance), an MBA, and hopes to complete her BFA in Visual Art in 2022.
Julea's art is in private and public collections in Canada, Germany, Myanmar and the US. It is available at The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick, and online with Herringbone Gallery and through her website.
She divides her time between Ottawa, Ontario and her home province of Prince Edward Island.
I see the lyrical movement, beauty and energy in nature as a dance that I put into paint.
Reflecting my Island roots, I create fresh and contemporary abstract paintings awash with colourful expressions of weather and water. My background as a dancer is evident in the joyful sense of movement in my work. These elements combine to fuel my imagination. Each work is a process of discovery where memories and emotions layer and fuse into compositions that reveal recurring themes of energy and movement.
I am always moved by how viewers respond to my work:
"Wow! Such colour and freedom. I love your expression of movement." - solo show visitor
”The paint dances across the canvas.” - exhibitor's comment
"I’ve seen ten thousand waves on canvas in my lifetime and none are as evocative as this. Exquisite." - Facebook comment
“A breath of fresh air! Breezy. It has such a lightness and positivity that make it pretty irresistible." - Instagram 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