Julie's Philosophy on Art

I adore the watercolor medium. It has no limits in terms of subject matter, mood or color. There are a number of basic principles I look for to achieve a successful painting – good solid drawings, dramatic pleasing compositions, along with evidence of skill in mastering the medium to provide an emotional appeal that reaches out to touch the viewer. In my opinion, a work of art should be entertaining, super fun, or just beautiful to look at. When a viewer gives one of my paintings more than a glance and spends a few minutes contemplating the subject matter, I’ve accomplished my goal. I love painting flowers, still life, and reflective glass. ~ Throw in some marbles, bubbles, and other ideas that float around in my head and I am in art heaven. My style would be classified as contemporary realism. Watercolor is the only medium that allows me to glaze on many layers of color and still reflect beautiful light.

Organizations

  • Signature member of the Minnesota Watercolor Society
  • Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America
  • Member of the Minnetonka Center of Arts Mpls,MN
  • Member of the Robbin Gallery Mpls, MN
  • Member of the Hopkins Center of Arts, Hopkins, MN

Juried Exhibitions

  • Julie’s painting “Luminous Light” was selected by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for their 2016 Holiday Christmas Card catalog.
  • Juried into the 2016 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition
  • MNWS juried Spring Exhibition Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 2016
  • NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition - Hopkins Center for the Arts- Mpls, MN 2015
  • Julie's painting "All is Bright" was selected by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for their 2014 Holiday Christmas cards. The cards will be available this fall for purchase on line and in Mpls stores in support of people with short and long term disabilities.
  • Arts in Harmony International juried Exhibit Mpls, MN 2014
  • Minnesota Watercolor Society 1992-2014
  • Hopkins Center for the Arts MPLS, MN 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts MPLS, MN 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Robbin Gallery Exhibition Minneapolis, MN 2011,2012
  • Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibitions 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008. 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

Awards

  • First Honors - 2016 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition
  • Second Honors MNWS Spring Exhibition 2016
  • Winsor & Newton Award of Excellence NorthStar National Exhibition 2015
  • Third Honors Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition 2015
  • First Honors MN Watercolor Society juried Spring Exhibit Mpls, MN 2014
  • Honorable Mention Arts in Harmony International Exhibit Mpls, MN 2014
  • Emirch-Stordahl Founders Award MN Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition Minneapolis MN 2013
  • Award of Merit MN Watercolor Society Fall Exhibit 2013
  • Award of Merit MN Watercolor Society Spring Exhibit 2012
  • First Honors Robbin Gallery Exhibit MPLS, MN 2012
  • Best of Show MN Watercolor Society Fall Exhibit 2011
  • Honorable Mention Robbin Gallery Exhibit MPLS,MN 2010
  • Third Honors MN Watercolor Society Exhibit 2009
  • Honorable Mention Hopkins Center Exhibit MPLS, MN 2008
  • First Honors Hopkins Center Exhibit MPLS, MN 2007
  • Honorable Mention MN Fine Arts State Fair Exhibit 2006
  • First Honors MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit 2005
  • First Honors MN Watercolor Society Spring Exhibit 2004
  • Second Honors MN Watercolor Society Spring Exhibit 2002
  • First Honors MN Watercolor Society Spring Exhibit 2000

Publications

  • The Artist Magazine – "Simply the Best" 2004
  • Minneapolis Star & Tribune – 2010
  • The Rake Magazine 2011
  • Minnesota Water Color Society Cover Exhibit 2012

Biographical & Contact Information

Julie is a signature member of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and has over 30 years of experience working in the medium of transparent watercolor. Her juried work has been exhibited in local galleries through out Minnesota and won numerous awards and honors. Many of her original paintings along with limited editions of her Giclee prints have been purchased by private and corporate collectors through out North America. Julie can be reached at her studio where she paints and teaches private classes using the exciting medium of transparent watercolor at dejule@frontiernet.net.