Julie is a self taught artist from New Zealand with a passion for realism, who strives to create artwork beyond the photograph.  Over the years she has developed her skills in working with pastel, using a combination of soft pastel sticks and pastel pencils. Her subject matter is varied, from coastal and nautical to the natural fauna and flora of NZ. More recently she has been exploring Still life.

“I love every step of the process, from capturing and composing the initial image/s, through to using a raw material to produce a realistic painting. Creating work that is so real has always been a passion. Pastel is a wonderful medium, so versatile, and immediate and with the brilliant colour of almost pure pigment."

Julie is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (MPANZ) and Australia (MPSA), a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. (PSA), and is a Master Circle member with the International Assoc of Pastel Societies (IAPS).  

Julie teaches privately from her studio in Auckland, and teaches workshops in New Zealand and Internationally with her husband Michael


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