Julea Boswell is a visual artist who divides her time between Ottawa and her home province of Prince Edward Island. Her career achievements include a breadth of both creative and administrative accomplishments, such as her early days as a dance artist and later her award-winning work as a marketing and planning strategist with the City of Ottawa. Julea explains how her journey as an artist has been navigated through different forms of artistic expression, “While working in dance I continued to sketch and paint, designed costumes and also started designing quilts. As other things in life took over I set aside my painting, but always knew I would eventually come back to it.” She adds, "Growing up my involvement in visual art, dance, music and theatre all played a part in setting the stage for the artist in me to flourish. I thank my parents for the rich and varied artistic activities they provided."
Julea's art is in private collections in Canada, Germany, Myanmar and the US and has been exhibited in juried shows. It is for sale at The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island, at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick and online with Herringbone Gallery. She is a Ryerson University Theatre (Dance) graduate, holds an MBA and is currently working part-time towards a BFA in Visual Art.
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 often awash with expressions of weather and water—images of its amazing natural beauty float in and out of my consciousness as I create. I aim for an overall feeling that is lyrical, full of movement and has a fresh and relaxed contemporary style.
Creating art lifts me out of day-to-day stresses, both personal ones and the bigger ones in our current world. I am always moved by how viewers respond 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