Julie was born in Historic Marshall Michigan and has lived and created art of one kind or another in Michigan the majority of her life. In 1981, during the last half of her junior year of high school, Julie spent 6 months in Tlacotepec, Michoacan, Mexico as an exchange student.
Julie has demonstrated her various skills over the years at living history events, county fairs, Michigan Week activities in Marshall, for schools and individuals, and the Art Fairs for Midland Center for the Arts. She has taught art for over 30 years for private schools, some special drawing classes for public schools, homeschool students, 4-H groups, and adults. Most recently serving as an assistant to Armin Mersmann in his Masters of Drawing classes at Midland Center for the Arts. She has also taught colored pencil, begining drawing, and woodburning classes at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant.
In the past she has served as a juror for art competitions for private schools and 4H competition’s. Julie competes in various juried art shows and over the years has earned awards, and recognition for her pieces.
Julie has participated in exhibitions at Midland Center for the Arts every year since she moved to the area including the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, the student show, the Spring and Winter Art Fairs, (demonstrating her colored pencil and drawing skills with Ruth for the Center), Art Flair and Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasent , (placing in the top 5 for public votes in 2017), and participating in the Art Battle.
Julie has many interests and skills besides drawing and painting. She enjoys nature, reading, wood burning, finding edible wild plants, living history re-enacting, hand sewing many historical garments, moccasins, and hand sewing special outfits for her new grandchildren, shearing sheep, processing, spinning, dyeing and weaving the wool, horses, gardening, and of course collecting rocks