Julia Purcell is the eldest daughter of well-known artists Joseph and Tela Purcell of Nova Scotia. Julia has been painting and drawing since early childhood and studied at UBC and Dalhousie University where she earned an Honors BA in Theater and Music. After graduating she was employed at Neptune Theater and Zwicker’s Art Gallery in Halifax, NS. Over the years she has taken short courses in pottery, silver smithing, basketry and printmaking.

Presently she is living in Clyde River, PEI, with her husband and four children. She works in watercolor and oil, finding inspiration for her subjects in landscapes, townscapes, portraits and flowers. Despite the demands and pleasures of family life, Julia always finds time for painting, art demonstrations and teaching. In February of 2003 Julia had a successful solo show of her work called “Out in the Open” at the Showcase Gallery, Confederation Centre.

Her work can be viewed at many local galleries and at her home, where she has recently opened a display space called the Purcell Parlour Gallery. Her latest passion is learning about the botanical style of painting flowers. She also wants to fulfill a life long dream of writing and illustrating a children’s book.

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Julia is a wonderful artist and she is also a wonderful art teacher. Her local students already know that, but now she is attracting students from other parts of the world. A video was produced that showed her leading an art class at her home which was placed on YouTube. As a result, Julia is receiving requests from visitors to have watercolour art classes with her during their trips to PEI this year...
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