Julia Soria-Saeger of Gilbert says she is a self-taught artist whose passion for art and life is seen in her colorful landscapes done mostly in oil.

Julia is originially from Mexico City where she obtained a degree in psychology and attended medical school before moving to the Pocono area, 32 years ago. She obtained her citizenship and has had extensive training in Early Childhood Education and Childcare Administration.

In 1987, she opened her own business, For Kids Sake Learning Center and Kindergarten Academy Inc., in Brodheadsville. She received extensive field related training throughout the 15 years she dedicated to the local community, functioning as director/administrator of the Center.

Julia was an active member of Pocono Chamber of Commerce, participated actively with Women in Business, AM Exchange, Pocono Mountain Community Concerts, a member of the West End Business Association, Monroe County Association for the Education of Young children, member of the Pennsylvania Association of Child Care Administrators.

She did a lot of volunteer work for the Boy Scouts and was nominated a "Woman of Distinction" by the Girl Scouts in 1992.

Currently she is a member of the Pocono Mountain Art Group. She is taking formal art classes under the direction of the well-known local artist, Mary Jane Arner. She enjoys painting scenes of her extensive travels.

For the past 28 years she has lived in the West End community with her husband, Jim and her three sons.

Julia enjoys reading and is a member of the "Whatever Makes You Happy" book club. Her travels throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean have porvided the inspiration for her paintings.

Julia has adopted her mother's maiden name, Soria, as her professional artistic name, in honor of her late grandfather, Carlos Soria, a successful diplomat of the Mexican government and a passionate Italian artist.

Julia's work can be seen throughout the month of May at the Jonas Hotel and at the Art Walk on Saturday, May 22 from 12-4 p.m. at the Jonas Hotel, along with many other local artists. Jonas is located on Rt. 534.