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I'm Julie of The Creative World of Julie Richie. I'm the one that makes all the art come to life that you see here. I look for beauty in the everyday and in the least expected, all while capturing it's loveliness through the lenses of my camera. This is where every wrapped gift isn't just mere paper and ribbon - it's a work of art - a gift all on it's own. Around here, afternoon tea isn't just for a bygone era but it's an experience for the senses and the soul. Bespoke hand-drawn portraits and art not only beautifies a home but forever a memory that will be cherished for generations to come
Life is made pleasant with the seasoning of the creative, with day dreams, all things dainty, pretty, meaningful, simple, unique, extraordinary, wonder and endless pure curiosity.
I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me my art talent became evident as soon as I was old enough to hold a crayon. Every single chance I got (and sometimes when I was supposed to be doing something else), I was drawing, doodling, experimenting and learning. When I was in elementary school, I told my art teacher that art was my life. For as corny as that may have sounded coming out of the mouth of an eight year old, it was true. I knew from a very young age what I was going to be when I grew up. My image of my future self never wavered - it may have been added to, but all throughout my growing up years, I saw myself as an artist and that's the same thing I was going to be as an adult.
Art has always been a pleasure but it also served as an escape from my tumultuous home life growing up. The need to not be in that constant situation only helped feed my imagination and desire to draw, transporting me to fairytale lands full of mermaids, unicorns, princesses and animals. Most kids when earning rewards would request their favorite food or a new toy. But not me, I was happy to be sitting, quietly drawing with a fresh stack of white paper.
I love that I have the ability to create things that bring people happiness, joy and inspiration. "Art can be beautiful, natural, simple with no agenda except to invoke wonder and tranquility" - Julie Richie
I forget why or how I got my first camera but I remember I was about 7 years old. My mom gave me her old, brown little Kodak Trimlite with the skinny 110 film. I was so excited and I went outside and took pictures of everything....even sticks and leaves.....our cat, Kitty.
When I was in high school, I started to take my photography seriously. But we didn't have the money to buy me a camera and I would work off disposable $7.99 film cameras from CVS. I would bring them everywhere with me, having them in my backpack or in a coat pocket at all times, to capture the crazy antics of my friends.
As a high school graduation gift, my mom got me my first "real camera" - a 35mm film Minolta. But it wasn't until I moved "over the mountain" to the Shenandoah Valley and bought my first DSLR camera did I really fall in love with the art of photography. The Shenandoah Valley along with the Blue Ridge Mountains were an never ending source of inspiration and beautiful photo opportunities. That's when I started the photography aspect of my business selling fine art photography prints and soon after, offering portrait sessions and weddings.
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