Julie Mevi-Shiflett, Artist
Julie, a resident of Berkeley, CA , is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
While serving with Peace Corps in Brazil, Julie, (having studied not art, but biology and nutritional sciences at UC Davis), was placed in the state offices of the Brazilian School Lunch Program “Merenda Escolar “. Actually, “Merenda Escolar” is where she got her start in the art world. The Brazilians needed help developing menus and recipes but they also needed someone to develop educational materials. Julie, was given a drafting table, paints, pens, ink and paper. She ended up primarily producing brightly designed posters and educational slides.
Back from Peace Corps, Julie earned a masters degree in of public health from UCB. To help support her education , Julie made and sold stained glass windows. I also picked up a paint brush and taught myself how to use oils and acrylics.
The passion to draw and paint persisted. About 25 years ago, Julie decided to get serious.. Since that time she has studied painting and figure drawing at Berkeley City College with art professors Susanne Yeiser, Evelyn Glauber and Mary Louise Stanley. Through UC extension , Julie has studied with working artists, Glenn Hirsch, Larry Robinson and Charles Waldman. She is a member of East Bay Painters Group and Pro Arts Gallery and East Bay Plein Air Painters.
Julie has shown her work in several group and solo shows.
Painting plein air has enhanced Julie's ability to see and her ultimate life goal is to paint where she has been, where she is now, and where she is going.