Julie Clyde Creative is a HUGE part of who I am as a woman, mother, lover and friend. I am a Creative through and through. I just had lost her for a while. I found her though… being a hermit hiding away in the back left corner of my pinkie toe. Well I didn’t find her, rather the Modern Femme Movement Conference women did and I’ve been encouraging her back ever since.
From a tiny girl I spent hours in my room drawing and colouring in, and playing with my dad’s very, very expensive camera. If it wasn’t for my sister wanting me to play sport with her and school, I’m not sure I would have ever left the sanctuary of that room.
Drawing for me was an escape from reality, a way to tell stories and a way to make people smile or have a conversation with me about an image I had created. I love creating art that speaks to people. I create art that I find hard to look at sometimes too but that’s OK. It’s a part of myself I needed to get out of my head space and that’s OK. It evokes a different response in everyone I meet.
After completing a Bachelor in Industrial Design at the University of Canberra in Australia, I began to re-discover my creative side as I felt so stunted during the regimented approach to design. We were only allowed to draw one single line, not multiple scribbles as I adored so much. It was a challenge I loved but truly I should have pursued Graphic design I think at that time.
A few months passed and I started to use the technology that I had learned through my degree with my art and I created “Dreamscapes”. I had an image in my head that was visually haunting me, but it was beautiful all at once. I had to get it out and onto paper. From there a mini-series began and now I have six ‘scapes’ that I have created. However these images were never shared with anyone else. Just me, until now.
My modern portraiture stemmed from my love of traditional portraiture. I hadn’t discovered many people who utilized technology and art the way I wanted to so I kept searching. I found two American women in particular who changed all of that. I met recently Greg McCullough in Disney who is a Disney Illustrative Artist. I could have talked with him alllllll day. He was my first sign from the universe to get on with it and follow that nagging feeling of there’s something I SHOULD be doing.
My modern portraiture was also a way for me to take the question of ‘why should we use you as our photographer’ out of the equation, and I wanted to show my skills to show people why I was worth their time. Why I was worth their cherished memories. I wanted to create heirloom pieces that could be passed down generations and be kept for years to come.
I myself am a mum of three, and a wife to possibly the greatest man alive. Don’t tell him that. We met at high school and have been together almost ever since. We took a break for a few years after high school to grow up and experience the world before we found each other wanting to know how the other was and what they were up to. He’s my everything and we truly love where our lives are taking us and that I can continue my dream of retiring him from Navy to chase his own dreams, whatever they may be.
My love gets poured into everything I do and I hope there is something I can create for you that you will cherish for a long time to come.
During the coming weeks there will be changes to the site but I can’t wait to share a piece of my love with you all on July 2nd 2016 at the official launch of Julie Clyde Creative.