I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now, but I’ve always decided not to, choosing to keep Jade Dragonne as the main focus and keeping the real me, Julie, in the back so perception of my art would be influenced only by my art. Now, I realized I might have been wrong. Over the years, I’ve got the incredible chance to get to know a lot of you and to make many friends here. These relationships may have started with art, but they have grown into something bigger. And that make you special to me, Julie, and not only to my alter ego Jade.
A few days ago, I posted, again, a “break time” notice to let you know that I would not be around a lot because life was keeping me quite busy and did not leave the time to interact with you as much as I would like. This was not the first time I posted something like that. And it won’t be the last. Each time that I share that kind of post, some of you take the time to send me some nice words, to say that you understand and to take my time. This really touch me and it’s heartwarming to me. Some of you also worry a little bit, sending me personal notes on deviantART or Facebook, to know if I’m all right and to make sure life is good to me. You are the ones who motivate me to share a little bit more about me today. I don’t feel like I have the obligation to justify myself, but I want you to know a little bit more about me so you, my friends, do not worry anymore about me missing in action.
I’m a girl of many passions. And I can’t hardly focus on just one thing in my life. I have to do everything that I love, or almost. Art has been part of my life forever. It satisfies my creative, emotional self. The one that love beauty, cuteness, colors, craziness, etc.
But I’m not complete if I don’t give as much energy to my more logical, scientific (almost geek) side. To do so, I’ve decided to be a doctor and to work in the public health and preventive medicine field (now some of you knows why I make all those socialist, preventive or similar kind of posts on Facebook ). I love my job. I’m lucky that is so fulfilling. But it is quite time consuming.
I also feel the need to share that passion with others, just like I love to share my art with you. It gives me the sense of being part of a bigger picture. So I’m also a full-time professor at the faculty of medicine of my local university. I love it. It gives me the chance to exchange with medical students and young doctors about the importance of acting before people get sick. But of course, it’s time consuming too.
I also have that flame, burning inside of me since, well, forever. That need to connect with and take care of animals. I’ve been bringing home stray cats full of fleas and wounded birds since I was able to walk. That even got me the nickname of “Sonw White”. Our dear Dianabolique, that many of you also know as my mother, can attest to it. Poor her, she cannot count the sick animals I convinced her to keep and she is THE BEST zookeeper for all my pet friends when I have to go away for a while (even if she’s kind overwhelmed by he number of them). So now, I have the chance to share my life with a crazy lovely teenage parrot, four amazing cats, a grumpy bling hedgehog, eight tiny newts and a few fishes. That love for animals also made me turn my house into a familial stray cats’ shelter that give food, warmth, health cares and love to more than a dozen free running cats. The shelter have contributed to healthy birth, sterilization, adoption and end-of-life cares for quite a few cats now.
Finally, and not the less, I’m the mother of an beautiful and bright young teenager. Investing a lot of quality time with her is my first priority.
So voilà! That’s it. That’s why I sometimes do not post art for weeks, do not accept special request or often cannot keep up with all of your nice comments, faves or likes, notes, etc. I always take a look at the art you share with me. It moves me, it inspire me. I feel privileged to be part of a creative project that goes beyond me and to see what spectacular and diverse artworks you can do starting with my simple line arts. It’s like candies for my heart and I often go over them before I go to sleep so I can dream of a colorful world full of imagination. So please, do not get offend if I don’t answer you or comment your art, be sure that I’ve seen what you’ve created and that I’ve been moved by it. And please keep share these with me and understand that me missing in action is just the result of my incapacity to focus myself on one thing
Julie aka Jade
PS : If you have time to sell, please let me know, I would definitively love to buy some!