The paintings of artist Julie Duff leap
off the canvas in a burst of colour,
tempting the viewer to drop everything -
including their cold and grey daily life
- to search for a world of sunshine and
warmth. "I find them very cheerful,"
Duff tells The Independent, as
she sits alongside her display at the
Cynthina I. Noel Gallery in St. John's.
"That's what I think when you sell your
paintings, you're OK with it because
hopefully it will cheer somebody else
up. I also like the idea that if you
look at the painting you think, 'Oh
that's a place I'd like to be.'"
use of vibrant shades, Duff captures a
sense of beauty and tranquility of
nature through acrylic and watercolour.
"Landscapes and floral, that's my m ain
thing. Landscapes - I like working with
light, shadows and sunlight, winter
themes and that sort of thing. Floral -
flowers are just so beautiful and I like
moved to St. John's from Winnipeg in
1988. As a full-time accountant, she was
a late initiate to the world of art,
only realizing her talent in 1997 after
enrolling in classes. She now exhibits
regularly with the Newfoundland and
Labrador Art Association and is a member
of the organization's executive. "I love
art, it's something I've always been
interested in and I decided to start
taking some classes and from the first
class I fell totally in love with it and
haven't stopped painting since."
one of the most motivating experiences
in her relatively short artistic career
was visiting France last summer on a
painting excursion. Not only did it give
Duff the chance to capture a different
kind of scenery, but she also got to
see, firsthand, the work of her
favourite artist, Claude Monet. "I love
the impressionists so seeing all their
work you know, it was just so
overwhelming. I knew it would be
exciting, but it was like 10 times ...
They were so big and they're so
beautifully framed. "It's the
beauty of it. When you see painting they
just move something in you."
currently exhibiting her work as a guest
artist with the Cynthia I. Noel Gallery
for the month of March.
Event DATE: March 6th, 2005