Bio: My name is Julie and I have been painting, drawing, and sculpting since I was a young child. I have no formal art degree, however, I do have a Master's degree in Communication from Purdue University. I believe that my art is a form of communication that I am very passionate about.
I have created artwork with charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and pastels for a number of years. Over the past few years, I have gained an affinity for using mixed media as it allows me to utilize all of my artistic talents. I am now retired from working many years as a civil servant and I am currently enjoying the freedom I have to pursue the art that I have loved for so many years.
My number two passion is history...Read on below.
ABOUT MY STUDIO
You may wonder why I chose the name "8-Mile Art" to represent where I do my work, if so this is for you.
My studio is located in my home which has an interesting historic past.
My Great Grandfather "Heinrich 'Henry' Ramstetter" came to Colorado after he arrived at Ellis Island in the 1860's.
He came here to strike it rich during the colorado gold and silver rush. First to the Gunnison area and then moving to the Idaho Springs and Central City area.
He met my great grandmother in Central City. They married and had 7 Children.
In 1899 they purchased the property that I now own, which is a former stage stop. The stage stop was known as the "Eight Mile House" because it was 8 miles from Golden City.
All of the structures from the 1800's are now gone, however, the concrete silo that was built in 1918 is still standing along with a former Dairy barn that was built in the 1940's. The Dairy barn was remodeled into a small home in the 1960's. This is my home, business office, and art studio all in one - I need more room. ;-)