Julie Duell (nee Henderson) is a 6th generation Australian going back to the First Fleet of English convicts to arrive in Sydney cove in 1788. She also has a drop of American Shoshone Indian heritage for good measure! Julie was born in Sydney in 1941 and continued to reside in Sydney environs thereafter. Julie was named after the month of her birth, July.
Over many prolific artistic years, Julie has painted under the names Julie Ferguson and J. Ferguson-Duell before simply signing her works Julie Duell. As a child, she studied art at St. George Technical College, Kogarah and singing with a private teacher in Rockdale, entering numerous Eisteddfods as a soloist with some success.
Adult years saw Julie resume her art studies, once again at St. George Technical College and then numerous short courses on the Central Coast where she has been a prolific practising artist and art teacher since around 1970.
Inspiration: A deep love of nature, children and a fascination for human form, body language and portraiture. Also, the fairy realm.
Mediums of expression: Painting and drawing in charcoal, oils, pastels, inks, watercolour and acrylics with many works executed in mixed media. Her children’s book creations feature Australian fairies in the form of Sprites. Clay modelling and printmaking have been other strings to her bow.
Awards: Among a number of awards over the years, Julie’s Children’s book “Bush Sprites of Australia” attracted a special award from the Riso Educational Foundation of Japan in 1985, along with 3rd prize in an International Postcard Competition that year.
Other awards include FIRST PRIZE in the RECONCILIATION WEEK 2008 ABORIGINAL ARTISTS ART EXHIBITION & COMPETITION, taking out the non-indigenous award of $1000 for this painting, “Dreamscape 1″…
First in the 2010 Rotary of Umina Portrait Prize for her portrait of Tony La Spina:
Teaching: A popular teacher on the Central Coast since 1976, Julie has taught adult evening college for the Dept. of Education, held numerous private classes and interacted with 5 Central Coast Art Societies. She instigated the Central Coast Art Society’s Childrens classes in the 1980s. From 2005 Julie has combined with her partner Tony La Spina in art teaching pursuits for NSW Kincumber Community College and Art Society workshops.
Always keen to experiment and move forward in artistic endeavours, Julie has a non-competitive sharing attitude to art and invites inter-action with other art lovers through this blog. You will find numerous free art lessons listed under various Categories in this Website.
As Julie says “I know what it is like to be in need of support and guidance in a home environment, where for various reasons Artists and Students may not be able to access live classes. I am largely self taught in many areas and it was really hard work finding answers to problems in the days before home computers. Now that this new means of communication is available, I am delighted to provide what support I can through this website and http://www.kidsfuncorner.com (a companion creative site for children).