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Safe at home

I like to draw and paint people’s cosy homes and the interiors. I’m drawn to these I think as I always feel my most secure at home. We all feel like this mostly but I know there are families that feel extremely unsafe at home.

I want my sketches and paintings to bring some cosy, safe joy and know that I think of the struggles some of you are facing. I can’t do much to help but I like to paint to let you see how your home should and can feel again. My plan is to make a little book filled with these safe spaces in my artwork.

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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