Julia Trops is a female artist born in Canada, currently working in Canada.
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Being an artist is my second career, but first love. I left Calgary at the age of 22 to join the military. That seemed to be a drastic ticket out of Calgary, since, well, Calgary really isn’t all that bad. I spent 12 years in the Canadian Air Force and living across Canada, including serving a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East, in the Sinai Desert. After my retirement in 1997, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Great Distinction in 2001 from the University of Lethbridge with a focus on Studio Arts.

In 2002, in competition with 78 other candidates, I was chosen to be one of 6 resident artists in the new Rotary Centre for the Arts. Throughout my time in Kelowna, I have trained life drawing models for Instructional and non instructional classes and I started the Life Drawing sessions at the RCA, which progressed to a non profit society. I am a Founder/Founding Director – Livessence Society of Figurative Artists and Models, Kelowna, BC. The most recent project involved creating the Okanagan Erotic Art Show with two of my friends. It was a blast! (google it!)

Currently I am a Director, Kelowna Museums Society, Kelowna, BC and the Director for the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Artscape Program as well as a core member of the Okanagan Arts Awards Planning Committee with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Kelowna BC. I am represented by three galleries so far, please see my about me page.

I am very ambitious. :) My work is in public and private collections across Canada, the US and Europe. I am a contributing artist in Harold Stone’s book “Exploring Life Drawing”, and I am also an author of an article on Art Donations published in the Okanagan Arts magazine Fall 2007. Upwards and onwards…. As Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”, and Oprah, “Opportunity favours the prepared.”

I believe the way of the future is through cooperative ventures for the benefit for all.