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Meet Julie Ann Stricklin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Ann Stricklin.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I work as a commercial artist, graphic designer as well as fine artist. I am a traditionally trained artist with my degree from San Diego State as well as Certified from the Advertising Arts College. I have always been a working artists. I have worked in design studios, but mainly as an independent for 33 years.

My unique ability is that work in all media (digital as well as traditional). I have a passion for creation, so I find the material that will accommodate my vision as well as budget. I create unique styles that fit budgets as well as maintain styles.

Some people know me as a book illustrator and graphic designer, some as a cartoonist, some as a fine artist and some know me for my gallery and shop artwork. I even spent time designing clothes in the 80’s and 90’s in LA. Many people associate me as being the creator of Meditation Rocks. They are now in 15 shops and galleries and collected around the world.

I am now experimenting in painted glass while finishing the package design for an automotive product called the TILT LIFT.

I worked on the TILT LIFT 25+ years ago, and now the packaging and product in getting updated. I began the project when graphic work was moving from traditional to digital. I designed the packaging and some parts.

I am a long time (EST 17 year) Encinitas Banner artist. My hand painted banner is now hanging on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. It will be up for public auction May 20, 2018 at the Cardiff Town Center along with 81 other hand painted banners.

I have illustrated close to 30 published books/ manuals and countless projects for start-up companies. I always try to work with people who have a vision yet lack the ability to afford in house graphic staff. I have grown with a large range of companies as their go-to creative. Some are small start-ups, some are well known corporations and celebrities.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a creative that is in constant movement and experimentation. Since I create styles. I experiment with materials. I play with traditional materials as well as repurposed objects. My work inspires many other artists to experiment and play.

I get e-mails asking me what materials I am using to create my effects and I have to tell them I am mixing my own, even making my own tools most of the time. I always reply with encouragement to experiment and play. People do not realize that artists get stuck and forget to grow with play. They just do not take the time. I do though.

My personal work is created for me and my joy. I hope that people can feel my just in each piece. My attention to detail helps to show the pride I have in my work. My commercial work is created for my client and their project objective mixed with budget demands. I hope they always feel like they received more than they ever thought they could afford, and have pride in the design or illustration that reflects their passion/work.

In the 70’s and 80’s I was told that I should pick a style and stick with it. I found that I could not take that advice. I am so happy I stayed with my drive to grow in any direction that I needed to. I am fearless when it comes to producing. I never think about how tedious a project is, I just focus on the process and my joy in working. That energy is in all that I do.

My Meditation Rocks are a perfect example of the energy I put in each piece. I have been lucky enough to see people cry when I present or gift a piece.

I have also been asked to create memorials and pieces people have been buried with.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Pride in your work is definitely how I define success in uniquely created work. As I have grown through the years I have become focused on the energy that people receive from art. When work emotionally effects people and captivates or stimulates thought, it is a success. Some songs give people chills or bring on a tear based from sense memory, visual art can stimulate the viewer as well.

I went through a phase as a young artist feeling that photo real was true quality. That was the 70’s-90’s. I now believe in stimulating art more than impressive. Stimulating effects people emotionally and instigates thought…when I was in my photo real phase it was more ego based. I wanted to show what I could do. Now I am not ego based, I am more passion based.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Right now people can support my 2018 Encinitas Arts Alive Banner #47 (it is on the cover of Encinitas magazine right now). It is hanging on Coast Hwy 101 in front of the Lumberyard. My name is on the bottom, you cannot miss it. You can place a bid on it prior to the auction by calling (760)436-2320.

My work is available locally at First Street gallery, Encinitas-Emerald C Gallery, Coronado-Pangaea Outpost, Pacific beach-Icarus gallery, Bernardo Winery-Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna-Caravan West, Encinitas- Soul Scape, Encinitas-Beads Crystals and More, Encinitas- See web page for more listings www.JulieAnnStricklinRocks.weebly.com

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Photos by Julie Ann Stricklin

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1 Comment

  1. Kuba Stricklin

    April 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, What an artist!!!! I love your work and your drive.JAS

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