Finding Peace


During the darkest times in my life, I've always found solace in creative endeavors. Over a 14 year marriage to a very violent man, I channeled everything I had into creative light. It helped me survive. I painted so much that I had a storage room filled with paintings. One night, knowing how much painting brought me solace, the man I was married to took them all and destroyed them, along with my easel,  paints and brushes. 

Only a few paintings survived. 

I lived in an environment equivalent to a war zone, where my life was often in danger. I had to create my own peace. Part of that peace was rooted in my artwork.

I never stopped creating - it simply took other forms - drawing with pen and ink, chalk creations on the driveway with my daughters, writing, loving, laughing, living and being.


"The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live". - August Rodin


  • Dear Julie,
    I am a survivor of domestic violence. I admire your story and I admire you. You give me inspiration! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!!!

    Leah Sampson
  • Hi Julie, I am living with HIV since 2003 and have been a Volunteer Peer Mentor since 2o12 with Saskatchewan Health Authority ( SHA ). It looks like we are indirectly serving the same population. Would it be possible to meet you so we can see how we can help each other. I am sure that the coordinator of the Peer Program would be interested in meeting you at the same time.
    If interested in setting an appointment, feel free to send me an email or phone me at 306-539-6407.

    Gloria Tremblay
  • Looks great, Jules!!!
    Miss you, love you, admire you 💕


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