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Grand Art Gallery Exhibit Features Painters Julia Miller and Ruth Maupin

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Ruth E. Maupin

I am a Northwest artist who paints landscapes, using a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, casein and watercolor.  My education has been informal, involving workshops, classes and much time spent painting outdoors and in the studio.  My husband and I have traveled extensively in the Northwest and the Southwest. We enjoy sailing, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and long road trips. Armed with cameras and paints we are always looking for interesting scenes.  Painting has enhanced my way of seeing the natural beauty that surrounds us.  Traveling, walking in the woods near my home, sailing to islands in Canada, or enjoying the beauty of our Northwest farms and fields, give me inspiration for my paintings.

Julia Miller

Julia was born and raised in Seattle.  Her grandfather came to Seattle from Ukraine in 1905 and opened a candy factory that supported seven offspring.  Following in his footsteps, she opened and operated several popular neighborhood restaurants and a bakery.  After twenty memorable years, Julia dropped the saute pans and picked up brushes and paints to explore the painter’s process.  Classes followed at the Gage Academy and Pratt Center for the Arts, combined with experimentation and study on her own.  Her work has been called “visual poetry”. Food is also a favorite subject. (Once a cook, always a cook.)

A move to the countryside provided inspiring subject matter.  Seascapes, landscapes, florals, wildlife and cows – all are presented with an eye for interesting color and composition.  After moving to Kingston, Julia joined the Kingston Gallery and was one of Poulsbo’s Font Street Gallery founders. She also showed at the Blue Water Gallery in Poulsbo. Recently, paintings based on protecting wild salmon and other marine ife sold out for the benefit of Stillwaters Environmental Center and Sharenet.