Julie Hough has been doing artwork since a very young age. She knew from a young age that she wanted to share her talents with others. As she approached her college years she decided to follow her dream and proceeded to gain her degree in Art Education from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. After finishing her degree and becoming certified to teach in Illinois she began working with children in the DeKalb, IL school district. She taught there for seven years at which time her mental illnesses took a toll on her and she was unable to continue teaching. She spent the majority of two years in the state mental health system. During this time she had the opportunity to work on developing a “style” that defined her artwork. She also discovered how very important her creative side was. She continued to do her artwork mostly in acrylics after being hospitalized. She also explored other mediums such as oil paints, colored pencils, marker, and collage. During her transition back into regular life she discovered the Awakenings project, which made her feel at home right away. Here she was encouraged to continue creating her original works of art. Below you will find examples of some of her most recent acrylic paintings. Her style is completely unique and special; please enjoy.