Since moving to Kelowna in 2002 after a vibrant military career and completing her BFA with Great Distinction, Julia has taught drawing, trained models, and started drawing sessions, later incorporated as Livessence in 2005 as a non profit. Julia has been a Kelowna Museums board director for the past seven years, and cofounder of Okanagan Arts Awards (as part of Artsco). Julia organizes and presents the Okanagan Erotic Art Show, now in its seventh year.
Julia has seven books in the National Library, was a resident artist at the RCA for almost 10 years, attended artist residencies in Italy and Spain. In 2013, Art & Money, a book about marketing for artists was published.
Art & Money: This is not a thick book, nor one that it will take you a long time to read if you read it like a novel. This is not a novel however, and I don't give you superfluous chatter and nonsensical musings. This book is about artists and money, artists in the community, artists supporting artists, artists and businesses, and about artists and charities.