Mother and artist. Duality is hard.
For those of us lucky enough to have experienced the magic of childhood, there can be a yearning even into adulthood to bring that sense of wonder back into the present moment. It with that desire that I approach my art.
I work in mixed media first drawing by hand, adding color and texture before I scan the art into my computer and tweak and paint digitally.
While in this current season of my life, most of my time has been spent running a household with two young children, I’ve been pursuing a career in art for over 15 years and intend to continue with it for as long as I am able. Creating art is an integral part of filling my cup and necessary part of my life.
Julia Shahin Collard’s art has been published in the Los Angeles Times, as well as exhibited in the Venice Art Walk and other shows. She was honored to have a solo art show at Villa Musica in San Diego in 2013. In February 2014, she was selected as SCBWI’s Featured Illustrator, she was the OC Illustrators’ Featured Artist in May 2014, and she won an Honorable Mention in 3×3 Magazine’s 2015 Annual Show.
- BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU = screenwriting, storyboarding & visual storytelling experience.
- MBA in Art Management & Finance from UCLA = professional attitude; will meet deadlines.
- Member of SCBWI: Lifelong desire to write and illustrate books = drive and internal motivation.
- Ran a marathon
- Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Traveled to all seven continents
- Starred in an MTV pilot that never aired
- Nicknamed “Spreadsheet” by her friends for her Excel prowess
- Get patent, get on Shark Tank (shh, top secret!)
- Perform a stand up comedy routine in front of large appreciative crowd
- Live off the grid in an urban environment
- Win the Caldecott (not-so-random aspiration)
In addition to working on picture books, Julia is open to freelance illustration work including covers, interior spots, and maps (all for traditionally published books only, please).
For publishing inquiries, please contact Kerry Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia can be reached at: julia @ nomadicconcepts.com
She does fine art paintings, too!