Julie Crews is an oil painter. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and received her Associate of Arts from Brigham Young University in Idaho. She moved to northern Louisiana in 2008 and lives in Ruston with her husband and five children.
She paints what takes her out of the studio: the life it takes to nurture a family. When she is in the studio she escapes domestic tethers. Yet, on canvas, there remains before her the scenes and remnants of her life: candy rewards for visits to the doctor, shopping in second hand stores, weeds presented as flowers, and travelling the roads in and around her town. How areas of the home are treated, the traffic and landscapes encountered while running errands, and the moods of people engaged in banal tasks influence her life, and therefore, art. Recreating these scenes give permanence to the undervalued.