Julie STAFFORD
 
Painting

Welcome to my art world: a mix of acrylics on canvas, mixed media, photography and collage. I began my career as an art teacher, but when my husband was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, just two-and-a-half years into our love story, and I had only been teaching for two years, my focus changed. I found myself researching the link between food and immunity and so I set about to create a diet to support my husband's recovery. Bruce beat that cancer but succumbed to an aggressive asbestos cancer (mesothelioma), totally unrelated to his first cancer encounter, twenty-three years later.

To heal from my great loss I chose to travel and write about my journey. I produced a memoir, a debut novel and a screenplay. I fell deeply in love with writing. My travels encouraged me to take up photography too, but then, on my return home from Europe, in 2010, midway flight, I had a sudden urge to go back to my roots, and paint. The day after arriving home I stocked up on paints, canvases and brushes, and my journey into painting began all over again.

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