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Juli Cady Ryan was born in La Porte, IN and after attending Indiana University for three years, she then moved to Cincinnati with her husband to raise their family. She is a self-taught artist and she works exclusively in acrylics. Her love of painting began as a hobby in 2004, but then she fell in love with it. Once she was able to sell her art on Ebay, painting became her career. Her paintings have always been bright and hopeful, but they took on a new direction after her daughter's struggle with mental illness and then later her two sons' struggles. She then decided she wanted to share her family's journey of pain, hope and recovery. Juli wanted to make mental illness a subject that could be talked about, not stigmatized, so people suffering wouldn't be afraid to reach out for help.

Juli's art has been in several galleries, the latest a solo exhibition in the…

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  • Born on September 18
  • Joined May 8, 2008

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acrylic paint on canvas

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About

Juli Cady Ryan was born in La Porte, IN and after attending Indiana University for three years, she then moved to Cincinnati with her husband to raise their family. She is a self-taught artist and she works exclusively in acrylics. Her love of painting began as a hobby in 2004, but then she fell in love with it. Once she was able to sell her art on Ebay, painting became her career. Her paintings have always been bright and hopeful, but they took on a new direction after her daughter's struggle with mental illness and then later her two sons' struggles. She then decided she wanted to share her family's journey of pain, hope and recovery. Juli wanted to make mental illness a subject that could be talked about, not stigmatized, so people suffering wouldn't be afraid to reach out for help.

Juli's art has been in several galleries, the latest a solo exhibition in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM. She was also interviewed by their local radio station, KRSN. Juli is an author and illustrator of two books, one a children's bedtime story, The Sleep Fairy and Her Magic Sheep, the other book, Wounds of Wisdom, shares her family's struggle with mental illness through her paintings and poetry. Both can be found on Amazon.com and Blurb.com.

Today, Juli lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband, Sean and her two black cats, Lordie and Francis and two black dogs, Oscar and Edgar. Her children are all grown and also live in Cincinnati. Juli hopes to continue painting and sharing her family's story to be a voice for mental illness.


In Juli's Words: My Inspiration

The inspiration for some of my paintings is my own childhood. My childhood on the outside seemed ideal in the beautiful countryside. Yet there was trouble within, that couldn't be easily seen. My mother struggled with mental illness. Now I watch my daughter do the same, as she recovers from Borderline Personality Disorder. Her story is also woven into my paintings, where my story leaves off hers begins. Almost entwined at times. A bond of newly discovered self-love and acceptance.

She is a strong young woman now, but her struggle continues. She always amazes me how she can use humor to get through such hard times! I use that strength and self-love she is learning to have and I paint it. I try and paint the colors of her spirit as much as I can, to capture that unbridled personality. She shines much too bright for me to ever do her true justice. I will continue to paint of hope and love and all the ways I wish the world would be. She and my inner child will guide me.

Recently, my two sons were also diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I share their stories of overcoming mental illness and the strength that they show every day. Our journey as a family continues and so will my story on canvas!

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