About Julia

I've participated widely in the worlds of art, education and mental health as an Art Therapist since 1980. My earlier career as a wilderness instructor proved to be a perfect bridge into Art Therapy. I was able to translate my experience and passion of nature's systems and their mysteries into the geography of the inner world. Masters-level training with the pioneers in the field further nourished my entry into what has become my life practice. My underlying motif has been creative play with art materials. Joining with others in this great endeavor is an infinite positive feedback loop: the more one creates, the more energy and enthusiasm one has to create.

The healing component of Art Therapy affirms transformational possibilities. I was one of the founding organizers of the Art Therapy Association of Colorado. My experience includes Director of Acute Treatment Programming in Jefferson County, Assistant Professor at Colorado Women's College, Art Therapy consultant with Teen Renaissance at Brighton High School, Art Therapy instructor at the Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Southwest and Panhandle Mental Health Centers and Denver General and Bethesda Hospitals. I am now teaching at Naropa University's Department of Transpersonal Psychology with Art Therapy emphasis. My private practice is in Studio-Based Art Therapy which also includes EMDR and Ericksonian hypnosis.

I am infused with enthusiasm about Art Therapy. Contact me. I welcome conversation.


Workshop Leadership Using Art

  • Indulge in Art: Parents Learning about Creativity, Jewish Community Center, Boulder,CO 2004-2007.
  • Making Art for Its [Your] Own Sake, Jewish Community Center,Boulder, CO 2007.
  • Painting Toward the Spiritual, Jewish Community Center, Boulder CO 2003.
  • NO STIGMA! Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO 2002.
  • Art as a Second Language, Boulder Mental Health Center,, Boulder, CO 1998-2001.
  • Motherwell and the Personal Aesthetic Series, Private group, Denver, CO 1996-1997, 2001-2003.
  • Creating Your Own Mandala, Rose Hospital Breast Center, Denver, CO 1997.
  • Art as a Special Language, University Hill Elementary School,, Boulder, CO 1995.
  • Knowing What You Know, Denver University School of Social Work, Denver, CO 1995.
  • Healing Through Art, National Conference of Professional Nurses, Rye, NY 1993.
  • Enhancing Motivation in Health Education with Art, Boulder Co. Health Dept., Boulder, CO 1990.
  • The Process of the Process -Collage & Paint, West Pines Psychiatric Hospital, Denver, CO 1989.
  • Building Community: Weaving Together Creations, Rocky Mt Peace Center, Boulder , CO 1989.
  • A Sense of Self Through Art, Guiding Star Girl Scout Council, Ogalala, NE1988.
  • Paint & Poetry in a Therapeutic Case Study, North Platt Valley Artist Guild, Scottsbluff, NE 1988.
  • Our Own Body Images, Conference of Women in Mental Health, Vail, CO 1985.
  • Body Image of the Chronically Mentally Ill, Annual CO Mental Health Conf, Keystone, CO 1984.
  • The Individual in Community, Colorado Council of Arts & Humanities, Denver, CO 1984.
  • Team Building with a Cake Box, Board of Directors, Mile Hi Girl Scouts, Denver, CO 1980.
  • Team Building with a Group Mural, Dept of Human Services, Boulder, CO 1980.
  • When Cinderella Meets Wonder Woman, YWCA, Boulder, CO 1980.

One Woman Shows

  • Guernica ll, Bacaro Ristorante Italiano, Boulder, CO 2003.
  • Assorted Works, Burnt Toast Restaurant, Boulder, CO 2003.
  • Underground Light, Space Contemporary Art Gallery, Denver, Co 2002.
  • Open Studios, Walking Tours, Boulder, CO 1999, 2000.
  • Raw Data, Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1997.
  • Ain't That Paint, Guild Theater, Boulder, CO 1996.
  • Nobody Makes Me Comb My Hair ll, Private home, Boulder, CO 1993.
  • Nobody Makes Me Comb My Hair, Boulder Artist Gallery, Boulder, CO 1991.

Group Exhibits

  • Regis University, Denver, CO 2007.
  • The Other Side Art Gallery, Denver, CO 2007.
  • UMC Gallery, Boulder, CO 2004.
  • Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO 2001.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art , Boulder, CO 1990, 1992.
  • Boulder Artist Gallery, Boulder, CO 1989-1991.
  • Civic Art Center, Scottsbluff, NE 1988.
  • Durango Art Center, Durango, CO 1987.
  • New Core Art Space, Denver, CO 1985.
  • Brillig Works, Boulder, CO 1985.