The Designosaur • DENVER, CO
Meet Colorado native Julia Williams. Julia was born in Arvada and has spent her entire life in the great state of Colorado. Unlike many who don’t pursue the career they dreamed of as a child, Julia has wanted to be an artist for as long as she can remember. In order to make her dream feasible and support herself, Julia pursued a degree in graphic design, where she worked many internships to gain experience. Since then, Julia has continued her work as an artist, muralist, illustrator and designer.
Julia’s work is influenced by rave and festival culture, using bright and neon colors for her pieces. She also uses themes that include animals, strong female figures as well as space. Julia explains that artists who stick to certain styles and themes in their art become well-known and better recognized in the community. Currently she is primarily creating large murals with both spray paint and brush work. Julia also does package design for businesses such as Lone Tree Brewing and Spice Trade Brewing. Since leaving her agency job, Julia has been doing freelance work throughout Denver.
Inside the Denver Art Community
Along with many other talented artists, Julia participated in the Crush Walls Festival last year where she was partnered with another artist to create a mural together. The Crush Walls Festival is an annual festival celebrating art and its cultural significance that empowers artists. Julia was partnered with a woman whom she had never met. The two artists researched one another’s style and decided to use their mural space to create a jellyfish piece. Julia hopes to participate in this festival in the future.
Julia’s Work and Future Goals
You can find some of Julia’s murals in RiNo, on the side of the Embassy Tavern, one in Boulder next to the Scarpa Wearhouse, as well as a large piece in the Colorado Mill Mall. Her work takes about five to seven full days to complete. Moving forward, Julia tells us that in 2020 she wants to paint as many murals as she can, participate in as many mural festivals as possible and do live painting at other festivals.