Julija Mostykanova Feeney
Julija Mostykanova Feeney acknowledges Nantucket as the bridge that lead her to a career in art. Originally from Lithuania, Julija moved to Nantucket fifteen years ago. She had studied engineering in Lithuania but was always interested in exploring her creative side. After arriving on Nantucket, Julija had the opportunity to take a class at the Artists Association - a small seed planted which later grew into a successful full time career as an artist.
Julija first began selling her work at Nantucket Looms almost ten years ago, showcasing her decoupage paper weights. Since then, her work has evolved in the direction of oil painting - a variety of landscape, still life and more recently, abstract paintings. Tucked away in the peace and quiet of her Tom Nevers studio, Julija often works on a number of paintings at a time. "I could have forty paintings going at the same time - I go back and forth and see which one goes further". Drawing mostly from memory and sometimes photographs, she uses oil paints to create beautiful works inspired by the landscape and changing seasons of the island. "I'm inspired by the off season - I love the quiet time. It's so peaceful”.