Merry Christmas from me and Homer (studio boy)

Another year has passed and it has been hard, albeit creative too and filled with loads of love from my doggy Homer by my side in the studio.

My beautiful Mum passed just before last Christmas and I guess we (our family) will find it a bit tough each year at this time. They say it gets easier with time, but now it feels more permanent each time I go to grab the phone to call her.

Thanks so much from my arty heart for all of your follows, support and encouragement in my artistic journey. Knowing there are those out in this space who read, acknowledge and show interest makes this creative life all that bit more relevant.

We are heading into a hot summer in Oz this Christmas and I live in a bush fire prone bushy haven; so always mindful of this amongst the Gum trees.

If you have snow for your Christmas, love that white fluffy powder while you think of us sweltering through our BBQ’s on Christmas day.

Yay for Summer and our beautiful beaches over these holidays and watching Homer stalk little native froggy’s in our backyard pool.

Can’t wait to paint on the beach in the sun under a Tea tree.

Merry Christmas, stay safe.


Julie Toffolo is an Australian born artist and lives in Melbourne Victoria. Her art is in private collections around Australia.

She has two teenage boys, works part time as an Education Art Assistant at a Secondary Girls School and paints on her days off in her leafy Eltham Studio.

Julie works in illustration in a nostalgic vintage style and loves to paint from the nature around her bushy local environment and wherever she can find any form of nature on her travels. She is captivated by how the light flickers and dances when working from still life or outdoors.

Having studied traditional painting methods under Jenni Mitchell and Mervynn Hannan from Eltham South Fine Art Studios and Gallery has taught Julie many elements of drawing, composition, colour, painting, trying new materials, beautifying the simple things around us.

Julie has been a member of local artist co ops and exhibits throughout the year.

You can follow Julie on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to watch and support her art practise.

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