Julie Smith-Belton Art
I am fascinated by the process of expressing authentic emotion, beauty, passion and experiences through art. I love how this outworking of creativity transcends time and language barriers. It communicates to our hearts and meets us where we are at.
Hi my name is Julie.
MY ART JOURNEY
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so that you can be all you were meant to be in the first place.”
– Paul Coelho
I feel like this quote sums up my art journey. It’s a journey of constantly shrugging off all the things that try to confine me and keep me feeling small and feeling like I don’t have what it takes or that I can’t reach for the stars. It’s pushing on and creating against all odds and with every piece I paint I shrug off the lies I’ve believed and relax more into just being who I was meant to be.
As a mom of 4, I am constantly inspired by my children and their wild imaginations. They remind me of who I am inside and reignite places in my heart of childhood and fun. They are naturally wild and free and they keep me young at heart. I love the way they boldly create and bravely try new things without fear of failure.
I always want to live like that!
I love art that’s a bit edgy but light hearted and I always aim for excellence in my craft. My art is a process of daydreaming around ideas and then playing until I love what comes out.
I have worked with a number of small to large companies and NGOs. I have also illustrated children’s books that have been published by Penguin Kids SA as well as Book Dash. People normally contact me when they’re looking for something fresh and different.
I am inspired by colours, light, faces and beautiful design in all its forms, from nature to art, to children’s books, vintage photography, fashion and music.
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
– Neil Gaiman
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
– Pablo Picasso
I Love that, as an artist, I get to take all that I go through in life, to process it, feel the weight or joy of it – the good and the bad. And then to play with it, find the light in it and turn it all into something new and beautiful.