"For this piece I wanted to combine two things that are very fun: otters and boardwalk rides! This image features a ride at the local boardwalk in my town, the Big Dipper in Santa Cruz, CA. I created this in two steps: I printed the first layer in a dark color, and then carved away everything but the sea otter."
- Julia Dickinson
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Santa Cruz, CA
“I get to express my feelings. It’s my way of sharing what’s on the inside.”
Julia Dickinson was born in Torrance, CA in 1986, and has been making art since 2011. She formerly created at the Claraty Arts Project, a supportive art program for developmentally disabled adults until her family moved from Santa Cruz.
Since discovering her love for art, Julia has used art as a way to express herself and connect with others. Julia expresses fear, perseverance, anxiety, bravery and hope through her artwork. She has found that art allows her to express emotion. She explains, "I am a very shy and nervous person. Before I started doing art, I kept those feelings bottled up."
Julia creates metaphorical art pieces to work through and express her feelings. Through metaphor, Julia is able to confront emotions that many recognize. She hopes to connect with the larger human experience present in mythology, novels, anime and movies to express feelings to which many others can relate.
Julia enjoys printmaking and painting with oils because she can take time with the materials. She experiences short-term memory loss due to her disability, but art seems to be the exception. “I have a hard time remembering real world stuff, but I remember art and shows. It makes me feel good to be able to remember something.” Julia is able to remember her art very well and is empowered through creating and connecting with others through her artwork.
Julia hopes that, through sharing her art on ArtLifting, people will get to know her better and be inspired to tell their own stories. She hopes to use her income to help support her family, who has always been there for her. She says, “My mom raised me and my two sisters all by herself, and I want to help her out with money earned by selling art.”
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