Hi, I'm Julene. I'm so happy that you've taken the time to look at my art. I love to use common materials in surprising ways. I love finding and using bits and pieces of objects from the past. I dream of a day when old houses and trees will speak. You can see strong influences from my grandmother - she loved to sew, quilt and do embroidery. My inspiration comes from nature, travel and everyday life. My art is whimsical in spirit, and expresses an honest and playful view of my world. I often say I have a problem with colors, I LOVE them all! When I begin a painting, the idea is somewhat formed. But what finally emerges is something truly remarkable - it is always something that is personal and close to my heart. It often surprises me how true my art reflects my soul.
I grew up in Troy, Idaho, surrounded by a family of artists bursting with creative energy. My roots are deep in the Palouse region, made up of rich farmland and rolling hills - my great-grandmother settled here. My parents still live on the original family homestead and run an active farm and orchard. At a young age, I knew I would to become an artist. One bit of advice from my dad that I've held with me is, “Do what you love.” With that in mind, I received a Bachelor in Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design and advertising from the University of Idaho. I have worked as a designer in Colorado, Washington and Idaho and have clients across the country. In 2006, I started my own studio, Present By Design, focused on art and gifts. More recently I've focused on creating more original art, designs and products featuring my art.
My artwork can be found in galleries, gift stores and homes globally. I find my passion where I live in Moscow, Idaho, an undiscovered part of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My husband and son give me inspiration and brutally honest critiques. In keeping with my values, a portion of profits goes to support women in their small business endeavors via kiva.org. You can read more on my Blog.
Thank you so much for taking a peek inside my world. I would love to hear from you!