The study of animal forms and themes that merge human experience with the natural world are often points of departure for me to begin developing my ideas. References to protection and exposure infuse themselves into my visual vocabulary. Exploring borders, boundaries and barriers in my work has created multiple pathways for me to think about themes of safety, displacement, restriction and loss. As I work, I’m attempting to inspire feelings that fluctuate between escapism, healing, compassion and hope.
Julie was born in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Columbus Alternative High School. She earned her B.A.E. from The Ohio State University and her M.A.A.E. from The Art Academy of Cincinnati. She has taught mostly ceramics (along with Native American Studies and Art, General Art, and Adaptive Art) for twenty-two years at Worthington Kilbourne High School. She is a founding board member of Central Ohio Clay Arts. Her home in a rural area outside Marysville keeps her constantly outside and connected with nature which, in so many ways, fuels and inspires her work.