A deep affection for the nature rooted in her childhood experiences anchors Julie Smiley's life and art. While growing up in Crescent City, California, a rugged coastal port and logging town, Smiley absorbed countless images of forests and oceans that heightened her sense for the splendor of the landscape in its various forms and colors. In many ways, nature was her first teacher, as Crescent City was a blue-collar town that generally lacked any kind of formal art scene.
Julie Smiley's ability sympathize with the world's problems and to compromise while maintaining optimism is what makes her paintings so touching. She is a romantic soul, but sharp eyed and wishes that nature was less often seen through wires and fences. She depicts nature as it should be seen, through the eyes and through the heart.
John Natsoulas Press