When the sun shines on Nonno – Oil Pastel work in progress

This was only a few days ago when my youngest son and I visited Nonno and we sat on his front porch with the winter sun beaming on us.

Of course Homer came too as Nonno smiles more when our fur baby visits. Nonno has been sad for just over one year since Nonna passed away.

She was always the rock of our family (my mother in law) and to see him so lost without her only makes real how lonely old age can be. He is in his late 80’s so any bit of happiness we can bring we keep trying and yes Homer will be with us next visit of course.


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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