Being an artist and painting nature was inevitable. Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore of Maryland has had a strong influence on Julia since childhood. Her mother, an artist, and her father, a sportsman and wildlife enthusiast, its not surprising that she began drawing landscapes and animals at a very young age. She excelled in art in school and was placed in college as a fine art major before graduating High School. She was advised, like most art students, to study and work as a commercial artist. "A decision to leave the security of a regular paycheck to paint full time was not easy but was the best thing I ever did."
Over the years she has worked in several mediums and has gradually developed the distinctive style we see today in her oil paintings. She also paints a wide variety of subjects. Her extensive travel is documented in her work. "Ive had many periods of growth that can be attributed to trips I have had taken." Africa has been very inspirational in her work and has become a personal favorite. "Seeing animals in their natural environment and witnessing their interaction in person changed the way I painted." There have been many trips to several countries in Africa. Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. "You can go again and again and never see the same thing. Something amazing happens every trip."
Julias work is included in many important collections around the world including the Raymond James Financial collection. She was sponsored in a visit to Malilangwe, Zimbabwe, to paint and leave work for a museum. She was part of a three man exposition at the Hiram Blauvelt Museum, "Kalihari to Kilimanjaro". She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has been chosen for their annual exhibitions. She is a regular participant at Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Gilcrease Museum, Waterfowl Festival, Plainsmen Gallery, Wildlife and Western Art Show and Safari Club International, Reno. Articles in Inform Art, Sporting Classics Africa issue, 1998, 2000, 2003. Wildlife Art News, Women in Wildlife.