"My Focus as a a painter is to continuously explore the pushing and pulling of color and space and how those elements help to support the intention of the painting. The landscape serves as a metaphor for what I am feeling and the color is how I choose to express or describe it. I love to explore the power that color has to influence mood and emotion. My goal is to leave the viewer with the experience of an emotional response."
Primarily considered a colorist, Julie is a master of creating abstracted landscapes with vivid and interwoven unique color strategies. An inspirational instructor, she is gifted at encouraging the student to find their own path of expression through their art making. She is a well respected, talented teacher who works with artists of all levels and challenges. Julie has guided many individuals in pursuit of their artistic goals and aims to increase their understanding of the process.
Julie is a nationally recognized artist who began her career in Oil Painting and received a BFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She went on to study with internationally renown colorist Wolf Kahn, who introduced Julie to her remarkable visual approach to color.
Her strong painterly style has been influenced by study with the American figurative painter Leon Golub (1922-2004), who was a pioneer in the commentary of mass media and political unrest in the early 20th century. Often creating powerful images of social relevance, Leon Golub's unique style produced evocative images that are reminiscent in Julie's work. She is more interested in making visual statements with her art than recreating a place in a more representational way.
Julie is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and has achieved Master Circle status in The International Association of Pastel Societies. She is the recipient of many national awards and is regularly requested as a judge at both local and national venues.
Her career in exhibitions spans many years and includes museums, art galleries, and art organizations. In 2013, Julie was invited to exhibit at Drumthwacket, the Governor's mansion in Princeton, New Jersey, after being selected as one of twelve artists in the state to represent the New Jersey landscape.
Julie was awarded "Outstanding Professional in the Arts", by the Arts Council of Morris County in 2012.