Crash Gallery

Julia Monk has a message for small-town artists going against the grain

Born in Belle River, Ontario, Vancouver-based artist Julia Monk encountered "a lot of naysayers" on her way to becoming an artist.

See her compete on Crash Gallery

Watch Julia compete on Crash Gallery now!

Born in Belle River, Ontario, Vancouver-based artist Julia Monk encountered "a lot of naysayers" on her way to becoming an artist. "There's a lot of people telling you that you can never make a living as an artist."

(Julia Monk)

While Julia says she loves Belle River, she had to go against the social expectations of what a career should be. "The norm is that you have either a factory job or a 9-5. If you want to do anything other than that, people just think you're crazy."

But she pushed through people's doubts — and not only got into art school, but got a scholarship as well. Now she's made art into her career and you can see her compete on this week's episode of Crash Gallery, Sunday at 9:30pm on CBC TV.

(Julia Monk)

Crash Gallery is back for a second season. In each episode, three talented artists of various disciplines go head-to-head against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front row seat to the creative process. In the meantime, watch episode one online now.

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