Julia Reid. Courtesy photo.
By Kathryn R. Burke
For Julia Reid, the search for inspiration and discovery of wonder, began at an early age. She studied art in college and moved around a lot—geographically, emotionally, and artistically, developing her interests in art, music, and photography. “It was always art, though,” she says. “I’ve explored the creative process throughout my life. The real joy comes from mark-making, whether creating realism or abstract. It’s what brings life and energy into the art.
“Nature and life itself are my inspiration. A friend shared a quote by e.b. white…’always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.’ When viewing the world around me, inspiration abounds.”
Life progressed. Along the way, Julia collected undergraduate and graduate degrees in art. She was involved in documentary film and video production, made commercials for a while, lived in Chicago and California, then moved to Telluride, where she worked on the Telluride Film Festival and was involved with the AhHa School of Arts. From there, it was a natural progression to Ridgway, where she started a painting company, painting houses and murals. Next came Montrose, and she found a home where she could have an art studio.
“It was the sweetest thing that has happened in long time,” Julia says. “Comforting to have space I can call home. Covid hit right after I moved to Montrose…and it was a blessing in disguise! During Covid lockdown and the quiet times, I could immerse myself in my art.
“People were” [and still are] “going thru horrific things. The world around me was changing. But change is often what we need in our world. When we’re quiet, at home without all of our distractions, commitments, outside appointments, we can uplug, find a peaceful, stationary place. Creative space within us is much more available to us when we get to that place of stillness.”