Julianna Slomka

Salt Spring Island, B.C.

My medium is life itself, expressed through painting, drawing, dance and photography.

I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Drawing and nature gave me peace from the torture I found school to be. I wasn't able to learn like other children and always fell behind. Later I moved to the country where I drew the animals who shared their land with me and my own menagerie; which included a Great Dane, a Toy Manchester Terrier, a few cats, budgies, Morgan horses and a Welsh pony, even though I'm allergic. As life would have it, things changed and I was on a new journey.

Struggling with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain, I began searching for a new life. I moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 2005. From my first childhood visit to Canada's west coast, I fell in love with the powerful beauty of the mountains and ocean which called to my heart ever since. Here also is where my love affair with dance took flight. I traveled to Argentina to study tango for four months under some of the best instructors in Buenos Aires. Upon my return, I instructed workshops as well as performed this life changing art form. The passion and intensity of the Argentine Tango inspired me to the core of my soul, however, my dream of traveling to teach and perform ended after a knee injury while riding my bike.

Recently, live theatre has become another art form in my life. I enjoy working back stage doing make-up artistry, hair design, set decorating for performances ranging from opera to music videos. My desire to face my fears brought me to acting and singing on the stage with community theatre here on Salt Spring Island, as well as doing stand-up comedy in Vancouver and Victoria.

Adventure with my camera has opened a new avenue of artistic interpretation, enabling me to capture nature in landscapes as well as subjects that are shiny and new and their opposites: older rusty things slowly being reclaimed. Lines, shapes, texture, reflections, and color fascinate me as they stand alone or relate to each other.

My art work has been in numerous juried exhibitions, joint and solo shows. As well as donating pieces to charity fundraising events from time to time, my work can be found in private collections in all corners of the world.

Activism is also important to me. I have organized local community events to join the world in raising awareness to protect our environment and human rights. One of these events is a revolution called "One Billion Rising," a world wide campaign Salt Spring joined to rise up and stop violence towards women and girls everywhere.