Essex Art League
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Essex Art League
Julia Ely

Oil , Watercolor , Pastels


I was born in Washington DC and, from an early age, was captivated by coloring, drawing and painting.

Because of my father's work in the government, my teenage years were spent overseas in a number of countries--Cyprus, Lebanon, Malawi, Turkey and Pakistan.  While living in Lahore, West Pakistan, I studied art at Punjab University where the live models were the homeless from the streets outside.

When I returned to the US, I studied art at Pratt Institute and later attended the Culinary Institute of America.  I had stumbled into an exciting career--pastries and art worked magically together and kept me challenged for the next thirty years.

I worked my way up from Pastry cook at a Four Seasons Hotel in Houston to Assistant Pastry Chef at the Boston Ritz, to the first woman Pastry Chef at the Boston Meridien Hotel.  My love of art enhanced my culinary career, and I made hundreds of showpieces, chocolate sculptures, edible paintings, sugar pieces.  I won a number of culinary art awards.  It was a delicious career.

Now, out of the kitchen, I am trying the many different inedible mediums--pastels, oils watercolor, sculpting, charcoal, pencils--and enjoying the challenges each offer.

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