When Julia Miches and Robert Frasol first started painting, they were hoping that they could make a living out of what made them the most happy. Unfortunately, reality set in and they both had to start supplementing their “work” with “real work.” It was a point of tremendous disappointment for each of them. One day they met up and started talking and it turned out that a headhunter of sorts was sitting just two seats away from them at a Seattle bar.
Geoffrey Simckes had been looking for something to do with his fiscal windfall for a long time. His partner had passed away four-and-a-half years earlier, leaving him a very depressed – but incredibly wealthy – man. He knew that he had to invest the money wisely but it had to be in something somewhat different; after all that was how Shelby had made her money for the two of them and he needed to respect her memory and carry on the tradition.
On his chance meeting with Miches and Frasol he knew he had found what he was looking for – and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, seven years down the line, the Universal Art Gallery is a place for artists to make their “work” dreams into work reality.