The mannerisms of a child

When I make little scenes up in my illustrations and paintings I will often place children in them I know. Even to not know the child can evoke a feeling of wonderment just by watching their mannerisms.

A coy look from the corner of an eye, light dancing across a frilly dress or the look of anticipation when little people see the smallest things often much bigger than they are all provide me with much material to create that unique storyline and then paint the scene I’m imagining or remembering in that childlike corner of my mind.

As an artist living in leafy Eltham in the north east of Melbourne does encourage this storytelling filled with the natural world or smells of a sun drenched Eucalyptus tree or a Tawny Frogmouth perched up high peering down so much fun to get painting.

Fishbowl Cafe


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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