My first art work was done on the walls of my home with crayons, pencils or my mom's lipstick. By the time I was in the 3rd grade my art work adorned the bulletin board in front the principal's office, and that's how it began.
In high school I was commissioned to recreate, design, and restore our schools massive 50 year old mural. During my senior year my art and design work was plagiarized by a major nationally known department store and published under their name. That was my first lesson in copywriting. Back then it didn't really mean much to me, I was young and stupid; in my later years I had to admit what happened was pretty impressive if I say so myself.
I was awarded several art scholarships which I turned down. I remained and lived at home, continued my education, and held a part-time job to help support my mother after my father died. I paid for college and art supplies through freelance and commissioned art work.
I thank my parents for not punishing me for drawing on walls. I thank them for buying me coloring books which they couldn't afford. I didn’t want to color within the lines; I wanted a vast and open space to create.
My art instructors made sure my fingers were covered in oil paints, my hands emerged in wet, cold clay, my nose was filled with the smell of acrylic, my hair and face covered in saw dust from carving, and my finger callused or burned by working with metal and a torch.
My mom and instructors opened my mind and eyes to ingenuity, the ability to think then create, to absorb what was around me and turn it into something; anything. Each time I feel the pain of calluses or my fingers splitting open from grinding, sanding, twisting silver or metal, tooling and braiding leather, I think of my parents, the devotion, their hard work and their belief in me which helped in my becoming and doing what I wished for. I continued my education in a multitude of mediums; I became the professional artisan of our family.
All jewelry is individually designed and handcrafted in my studio located in Southern Utah. I use sterling and fine silver, various metals, semi-precious and lab grown gems, natural stones, lampwork focal beads, dichroic glass, Swarovski crystals and a variety of fine materials from around the world. Some finished components may have been used. All jewelry is first made as a proto-type and tested for comfort and durability. If it passes the test it is then made into an original artisan jewelry piece offered to my customers to enjoy and wear.
Shown are examples of Julie's work. Call or email for prices or more visuals.