Though her first career was in teaching art, Julie had little time to invest in her own creativity on canvas. Just when she thought she might make a start; Bruce was diagnosed with his first cancer. Julie turned her attentions from art teaching to cooking. She wrote a healthy-eating cookbook to help her husband beat cancer. It became an international best-seller. She wrote 22 more cookbooks over 18 years. Along the way, Julie opened two health restaurants and consulted for food companies and appliance manufacturers as they chased after the health-conscious market. For a time, Julie’s life took her in a very different direction, away from all things art.
After Bruce passed, from a second cancer, mesothelioma, in 2006, Julie embraced all things travel. She began writing the new chapters of her life that would see her writing a debut novel and she would eventually take up painting.
In 2010, after her 4th summer in Croatia and her first journey to Morocco, she had a sudden urge to rush home and buy paints, brushes and canvas. Two successful art exhibitions later, Julie is currently working on her third exhibition for 2020.
Her medium is vibrant acrylic on large canvas and her subjects are always her seagulls inspired by her travels and her poignant love story. Each seagull comes with its own special story.
Julie's art will thrill and surprise you. Her seagulls deserve large wall spaces and would be perfect to brighten up apartments, beach houses, wine bars, restaurants and corporate spaces.
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JULIE'S NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE IN 2020
Julie’s next series of art works are inspired by Nicolas De Stael, a French painter of Russian origin known for his use of a thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape painting. Julie's new exhibition will feature a collection of her favorite seagulls highlighting the in between space of what we know and what we don’t know. What we can’t see doesn’t mean it’s not there. What if something is there in a form just not recognizable to us … yet?
Nicolas De Stael was always looking for his own way. He was 100% an individualist. He was fascinated by the in between (le entre) … what lies between two fields… the figurative field and the abstract field. A realist, he wanted to reinvent reality. Have new conversations. Tell a new story. Create an expression of a new idea. A new vocabulary of art. After Julie's extraordinary seagull experiences,that you can read about in
'Seagulls on the Ganges', Julie Stafford wants us to have a different conversation about death and afterlife.
"a picture is a poem