I am a native Texan, born in Houston and living between Houston and Dallas. Having a way to connect with the soul has always been important to me. As a child, I scribbled with crayon inside my parent's wardrobe, which my dad made with plywood. I was given a punishment which turned out to be a betrayal of my innocence and trust. My dad's addictions caused us to lose him at the young age of 42 and my brothers and sisters and I spent time in foster homes. As a teen in the 1970's I began embroidering jeans and burlap. The first art book I ever bought was collage for $1.00 at a public library sale. I spent two years in the late 1970's homeless and living in my car when I was led to buy and read a Children's Bible. Safety was found in public libraries where I would study art books. I found temporary housing and my creative energies began to stir. Having nothing on which to paint, I began tearing thin pieces of endpaper from my Bible. Using an old set of watercolor paints, I would express myself on those pages.
In 1981 I began working full time for the prison system in Texas. Personal time was spent teaching myself an embroidery technique called drawn threadwork. My large pieces were chosen and published in Fiberarts Magazine and in Fiberarts Design Book IV in 1991. Embroidering The Last Supper on an altar cloth was a joint effort for a local church. I took up watercolor painting and explored this medium and became involved in local art shows. After 29 years of working for others, I now practice art full time and my skills include fabric collage, acrylics, mixed media, photography, transfer imagery and assemblage/collages.
I maintain a blog at http://forgivingdreams.blogspot.com/
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Julia Walsh joined Fine Art America on May 22nd, 2011.