We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Marriott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Consistency. As a mother of young children, I create my art and run my business in the pockets of “in-between” time throughout my day. Setting goals that I feel passionate about and showing up consistently, even for a few minutes at a time, has allowed me to accomplish more than I ever thought possible.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create bright and joyful paintings inspired by the beauty and abundance of nature. I’ve been painting florals since 2014 and haven’t run out of inspiration yet! Flowers often hold very personal meanings and memories for us, and I’m always honored when my work connects with someone on that level. One of the biggest (and most fun!) areas of learning and growth for me has been developing a personal style. I’ve been painting since childhood, but for most of my life I didn’t have a clear sense of my “voice” as an artist. When I made the decision to turn my art hobby into a business, I began treating my painting practice as just that – a practice. I spent time in my studio every day, regardless of whether I was feeling particularly inspired at the moment. I made lots of paintings, some better, some worse. I experimented, stayed curious and always looked for ways to improve. And, most importantly, I focused on the colors and brushstrokes that brought me a sense of freedom and joy, and followed where those led. With each new painting, I unearthed a point of view that felt more and more like me. I believe that consistent, intentional practice over time is the path to making art that is truly, uniquely yours.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ok, here we go! I would make sure we stopped by the gorgeous boutique, Pigment, to create an arrangement at their succulent bar. I would treat her to an iced coffee at the lovely Communal Coffee, walk along the sand by the Hotel Del, catch a play at the Coronado Lamb’s Players Theater, take the kids to play at the amazing New Children’s Museum and then finish our day with a gourmet burger at Annie’s Fine Burgers.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Danny, has been amazingly supportive of my art practice. From the very beginning, he’s always understood how important creativity is to me, and has made it a priority to give me the time and space to pursue my art. Having a spouse who’s fully on board with all my art craziness and who always cheers me on is such a gift!
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