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After separating in the summer of 1984, Julian and Laurie remained estranged from one another - Julian was alone. There was a once again a deep change in Julian and his work.

In 1985, Julian's son, Michael, returned from abroad and decided that he wanted to settle in Hawaii. Since Michael had been overseas and had not established a credit history in the US, he asked Julian if we would co-sign for a mortgage loan for a house in Maui, Hawaii. Julian offered, instead, that he would move to Maui with Michael. They bought a house in Kula, Maui, Hawaii and Julian almost immediately contracted to have a really great studio and gallery built - something he had never had before. It was another "new beginning" for Julian which resulted in several huge compositions showing the complexity of his work. Julian also began to teach.

Julian also set to work on landscaping this property as he had the previous houses he owned. He laid out a lush tropical landscape including a koi pond and flew his good-luck pennant, the "Green Monkey", overhead.

Ritter suffered a debilitating stroke in December of 1985. After a period of convalescence, Julian began painting again. Although the stroke limited Ritter's painting ability (he was never again able to express the full capacity of his painting ability), Julian did continue to write and to teach. He typically had a half-dozen students at any time who he mentored in his studio including John Comer, Cliff Ostrover, Amanda McConnell, Tina Fein and Nichola Moss.

In 1989, Michael Ritter commissioned a 30-minute video about the life and art of Julian Ritter. It is titled "Julian Ritter–Palette of passion" . It was written and produced by Keith Gilchrist and was filmed and directed by Christopher Gentsch.

Julian passed away on March 4, 2000 at the age of ninety years old in Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Albert Einstein's words serve as his epitaph, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."