Julia Conlon is a Canadian portrait artist who specializes in watercolour and egg tempura painting. In addition to her work, she also operates an art studio where she has taught students for more than thirty-five years.
Born and raised in Walkerville, Conlon gravitated towards painting and drawing from an early age. As a young girl, she would study the work of the artists who came to the Art in the Park festival for hours at a time. At 16, she worked a summer on Boblo Island making and selling quick sketches of park-goers. The next year, she was first selected as one of the many applicants who were chosen to display and sell their work at Art in the Park. In the mid-1980s, Conlon opened an art school and studio where she taught children of all ages. Her artwork began to attract attention and her paintings – the subjects of which are usually “simple everyday events” – became more and more sought after by art lovers and collectors throughout North America. Many of her works have sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
Conlon continues to contribute to Windsor’s artistic community. In 2018, she celebrated her fortieth consecutive appearance at Windsor’s Art in the Park, the event that helped launch her career. She also continues to share her love of art through classes at Artist Julia Conlon Art Studio, Gallery and School on Kildare Road.
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