Julia Finucane has been interested in the Fantasy world since she was a young child. Her first memories are of her sitting on her fathers lap, while he read books of Fairy Tales and Irish folklore. She believed in these whimsical storybook characters and hoped that the magic of them could come true. Today Julia knows that fantasy & magic do exist, as long as you believe.
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Julia published her art book Fantasy & Fairy Tales: The Art of Julia Finucane in February of 2012.
Julia has been creating art since she was a little girl living in the snowy city of Buffalo, New York. Painting Victorian styled 'Big Eye Girls' which resemble porcelain dolls, along with fairy Goddesses, underwater mermaids, and whimsical birds, Julia creates her own little fantasy world.
The themes that are dominant in Julia's artwork are whimsy based and combine reality and the fantasy world. She gets her inspiration and ideas from her childhood and from popular fairy tales. Working with many mediums, acrylic paints and colored graphite are her favorite and are dominant in her pieces. Julia also uses a lot of metaphoric symbols and colors to show emotion and to portray the stories she tells.
"I have had a love for fantasy, fairy tales, and cute little girly dolls since I was young. I can remember reading Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and the Brothers Grimm with my father. I still love this fantasy world and try to represent it in each each piece of art. All my pieces have stories behind them, but I encourage everyone to interpret their own stories."
Julia not only is a fantasy artist, but she is an intuitive Tarot Reader as well. As an artist, Julia was drawn to the beautiful images that were found in the Tarot cards. Each card and deck is different piece of artwork and you never know what will appear. Asking for guidance during every reading, she will always have a candle lit and a crystal or two next to her. Believing in the power of intuition, spirit, and the energy that is in all of us, Julia encourages everyone to be open to their own intuition. She views every reading as a conversation among the client, spirit (God, passed loved ones, spirit guides, angels, and spirit self), and herself.
The first time Julia saw the magick of Tarot, was while traveling to New Orleans with her family at a young age. Her love of the the whimsy grew, with her yearly visits to to this city. Here was where she became interested in Tarot and the spirit world. Always believing in the help of loved ones past, these visits strengthened her beliefs. Maybe it was the culture or the beauty of the French Quarter, but New Orleans always had and still has a sense of pure fantasy and magick.
Julia's first traditional reading was done in this special city, on the cobble walkway of Jackson Square. With art and music all around, Julia sat in wonder as the lady read her. Following every word, she was amazed at how intuitive and comforting the reading was. This day strengthened her belief in this culture.
Always having a love of different cultures and spiritual paths, Julia tries to incorporate her spirituality into her everyday life. Being raised Irish Catholic in an Italian home, she has a strong connection to the spirit world, the saints, and family tradition. She was always taught of the afterlife, and looks to passed loved ones and family for help and guidance.
While at college, she studied the many world religions including Eastern and Western religions, Pagan beliefs, Witchcraft, Spiritualism, and the beliefs of the Roman and Greek Empires. This is also where she started studying Tarot in-depth. All these factors and teachings have influence and still influence Julia's everyday life and beliefs.
Julia puts her heart, energy, intuition, and soul into every thing she does and every item she creates. If it's a painting, a trinket box, a rag doll, herb mixtures, or ritual oil.. each ingredient, material, or recipe is created by Julia.
Julia received her bachelor's in Art Education, and her certification to teach. She received her masters in computer design and fine arts. Taking as many Design, Fine Art, & World Religion classes that she could; this is what shaped and gave her the knowledge to create everything she creates.
Julia not only took formal training in Art & Spirituality, she continues to research and study as much as possible to gain even more knowledge. She has been studying Tarot for some time now and is constantly finding something new in the cards. Learning is a never ending process with Tarot and with life. Julia is a researcher at heart and is always looking, listening, and searching.
Julia grew up and studied in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. When graduated, she moved to New York City, where she expanded her love of art & culture. Here she learned to "sell art on the streets" and the ins and outs of being an artist in NYC as well as the business of it all. She explored the many world cultures as they became mixed in a big American city. Developing her spirituality even deeper, Julia found happiness walking Central Park, eating different cuisines, and falling in love with the city. After 8 years, Julia moved back to Buffalo and started a new chapter in her life. Buying an old house with much history, next to a 1800's cemetery, she still has her hands full. It is a full renovation house and after 2 years of still "fixing things up," it is exciting to see the house become her own (and her husbands of course).
Julia is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Christopher. They share their home with two black kitties Penelope & Fiona, two rescue Rottie's (Penny and her daughter Lizzy), and the spirits of animals past. Puppy, their beloved dog for 10 years, still comes around and makes herself known. Her nails can be heard on the wooden floor, following them throughout the house. Although Julia has only seen her spirit three times, both Chris and Julia can feel and sense her.
~ Below are Julia's beloved animals. Some who are with us in Spirit.
*Puppy is still with us in spirit.
*Thelma and Louis are sisters. May they always be together.
*Smokey & Zoey are Julia's parents cats. Both healthy beauties.
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Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/missjuliaart where she shares videos on spiritual techniques, Tarot, her artwork, and her pets.