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”.
Before working solely as a visual artist, Julea enjoyed a career that began in dance, moved into working in sustainability, and arts and culture planning with the City of Ottawa, and then as general manager with award-winning Propeller Dance Company. Meanwhile, her artistry continued to expand. Among other things, Julea became a modern quilt designer-maker with her work being recognized at the national level. “I’m a multidisciplinary artist at heart. While involved in dance, I also worked on costume designs, continued to sketch and paint and started making functional quilts. As other things in life took over I set aside my painting, but knew I would eventually come back to it.”
Julea is a Theatre School grad (dance major), holds an MBA, and is now working part-time towards a BFA in Visual Art. Her art is in private collections in Canada, Germany, Myanmar, and the US, has been exhibited in juried group and solo shows, and is for sale at Herringbone Gallery, The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick, and through her studio and website.
“I am lucky to now split my time between two homes with inspirational water views—one on the Hillsborough River in my home province of Prince Edward Island and the other near the Ottawa River 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 memories—a certain colour, 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 and water. I now split my time between two homes which both provide me with inspiration, one on the Island and the other near the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario.
Other forms of artistic expression also influence my work. My background as a dancer gives a sense of movement and balance to my work and my skills as a quilt artist are always at my fingertips, such as when I use scrap pieces from cropped paintings to create new works.
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 ongoing 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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