Small Marvels is a special exhibit featuring a diverse selection of miniature watercolors by Julianna Cox, on view at the James Cox Gallery in Willow, New York from November 24 to December 19, 2019
A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, Julianna has enjoyed a successful career in stop motion animation. She was part of the team that created the popular television series “Creature Comforts” – produced by Aardman Studios in Bristol, England – and Henry Selick’s Academy Award-nominated feature film “Coraline”.
A few years ago Julianna returned to the Woodstock School of Art to take a class with one of the school’s most popular instructors, watercolorist Staats Fasoldt. “Studying with Staats was a real breakthrough,” Julianna recalled. “I not only felt that the medium worked well for me, but the portability of watercolors, as opposed to oils, enabled me to paint almost anywhere."
For the past five years Julianna has been living in Elora, Ontario, where she and her husband, fellow animator Payton Curtis, own the Gorge Cinema, a popular art house theater. While traveling by train to New York, she began creating miniature watercolors depicting fleeting landscape scenes glimpsed through the train window. Snow covered fields, vibrant sunsets and moody winter skies are among the many subjects captured in paintings no larger than 5 x 7 inches.
Julianna is also an accomplished story teller and graphic designer. She has just published her first graphic novel “The Ghost of Puffy”, which is available for purchase here.
Julianna is teaching the course Character Design Studio in January.