Julia Montrond grew up in New York City with the arts in her blood. In that stimulating environment she enjoyed frequent trips to its wonderful museums. She also enjoyed accessibility to world- class artists, studying ballet with Maria Tallchief and modern dance with Martha Graham. Majoring in theater at Hunter College, she performed as an actor and dancer at The New School, Greenwich Village and Off-Broadway. Having taught and lived on five continents, her sensibilities are multicultural. She studied art and painted in Spain, Mexico and extensively in Italy. Currently residing in Berkeley, her paintings have received awards in numerous juried shows and have been exhibited in numerous galleries. Her poems have won awards in the International Poetry and Dance Festival in San Francisco. In retirement from a 35-year teaching career, art continues to energize, inspire, give purpose, and even heal. Julia can’t imagine her life without it.