Julie was brought up to appreciate the arts by attending ballet performances, dancing at PACT as a young child and visiting art galleries with her mom from a young age. It took some time before she decided to fulfill her dream of painting full-time and realized that if she wanted to succeed as a painter she wasn’t going to wake up one morning as a qualified artist – she had to work at it and time wasn’t on any dreamer’s side.
“To be an artist is a tireless observing obsession and an overwhelming need to absorb, there is no fixed time table or schedule – it’s a constant urge to learn and express, and there is so much to learn”.
Julie lives and breaths her art throughout her days but sticks to a strict routine of studio time separated by family time. Her studio is filled with the sound of informative lectures and music. “I love to discover, be made aware of and listening to talks or to books, as my days are too busy to read, it is a huge part of loving my studio time”.
Julie lives with her son Cameron and her partner in Knysna.
Artwork of Julie Tugwell exhibited at Crouse Art Gallery. Original art of more than 60 top South African Artists – Since 1999.