About Julie

I spent my childhood in the Hudson River Valley and on the south shore of Long Island, and as a Connecticut resident for the past 33 years I focus on painting landscapes of local scenes of New England and the East Coast in oil and pastel.  I enjoy plein air painting as well as studio work from life, field sketches and photo references.

I started pastel painting in the fall of 2001. Although largely self-taught, I have had the privilege of studying with such accomplished pastel painters as Doug Dawson, Christine Debrosky, Albert Handell, Stanley Maltzman, Susan Ogilvie, Richard McKinley, and Bob Rohm.  I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and serve on its Board of Governors; a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society; an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club of New York; and a member of Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists.

I show my work in galleries and national exhibitions, and my paintings may be found in private collections in the US as well as England and Australia.  My work was included in Best of America Pastel Artists – Volume II (2009), Best of Artists & Artisans/Kennedy Publishing, and I received an Honorable Mention in the Abstract/Non-Objective Category of The Pastel Journal’s 12th Annual Pastel 100 competition for my painting “Last Straw.”  I am an active member of several local art organizations in New York and Connecticut, and paint in oil with the High Street Painters in Brattleboro, VT.

I was honored to have my painting “Dreaming of Del Mar” included in the Taiwan Pastel Society International Invitational Exhibition which was held at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Republic of Taiwan, in May 2014.

Selected Awards

2014:
Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 2014–Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Award

Kent Art Association 2014 President’s Exhibition–KAA Award for Excellence

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, (CT) 44th Annual Juried Show–Taunton Press Award

2013:
Salmagundi Club Spring Auction Exhibition–Malcolm N. MacKenzie SCNY Award

2012:
Audubon Artists 70th Juried National ExhibitionMarquis Who’s Who in American Art References Award 2012

Kent Art Association President’s Exhibition–Spencer Nichols Award for Oil/Acrylic

2011:
The American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National Exhibition–President’s Award for Graphic and Pastel

Pastel Society of America 29th Annual Exhibition for Pastels Only–Florence S. Prisant PSA Award in Memory of Flora B. Giffuni

Salmagundi Club Special President’s Exhibition “The Best of the Best”–Best Pastel Award

Connecticut Pastel Society 25th Annual Members ShowCPS Merit Award

2010:
Audubon Artists 68th Annual ExhibitionNorth American Pastel Artists Association Award

Pastel Painters of Maine 11th International Juried Exhibition–Merit Award

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown 40th Annual Spring Juried Art ShowLarry Newquist Award for Excellence:  Best in Show

Rowayton Arts Center “Expressions” All Media Juried ShowSecond Prize

2009:
Maryland Pastel Society “Shades of Pastel” National ExhibitionMPS Members’ Choice Award

Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members–George Inness, Jr. Memorial Award for Pastel

2008:
Pastel Society of The Southwest Open Juried National ExhibitionPastel Society of America Award

Richeson 75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architectural Art CompetitionSecond Place, Dry Media

Art Society of Old Greenwich Annual Sidewalk ShowDianne B Bernhard Art Spirit Foundation Award:  First Prize for Pastel

US National Parks Service’s 2008 ‘Paint the Parks 100’ CompetitionTop 100, Mini50 Category

Art League of Hilton Head 2008 National Juried ExhibitionThird Prize for Pastels