ARTIST IN RESIDENCE-Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
Julie was selected by the Grand Canyon Association to be their first South Rim Artist in Residence, a program that had been going on for several years on the North rim and other National Parks, but only recently started on the South. She selected as the sight of her mural the Shrine of the Ages, the place where the Grand Canyon Symphony performs, where educational programs are held and where churches hold meetings, plus many other functions. It’s a beautiful stone building with magnificent woodwork in the front entrance....the perfect place to paint a mural that will last the ages. The theme ...
This is an elephant, on elephant. Wildlife Images wanted me to practice on some elephant skin for future paintings of the like so they gave me some scrap elephant to take home. It was JUST NASTY. It stunk my car up big time. I had to hang my head out of the car to get home. Gross. I prepped it as they instructed out in the garage so as to not stink up my studio. Once prepped, it no longer smelled. What I did here was look at the colors in the skin, and used only those colors in my ...
KOLB STUDIO, WELL FRAMED
Kolb Studio is located at the top of the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was sold and is in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon Association. (see below painting for more of the story!) The idea for the title of this painting came from one of the mule wranglers at the Canyon who were helping me get reference photos for this painting. One of them casually said "ya know, I've seen more beauty from between the ears of these mules than most people see in TEN lifetimes! An idea was born! ...
MESA CENTENNIAL HALL DIORAMA
THIS IS THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MURAL. Scroll down for the right side. There were also other elements of the mural on the side walls and such. Someday, I'll figure out how to just post a movie of the murals I do so you can see the whole thing at once! Till then....here's some shots of the parts. Julie in the middle of painting the MCH This was my second major landscape painting. It is a diorama, viewed from the inside in Centennial Hall’s gallery, but located outside. Cactus and desert dirt were brought in for the foreground to blend ...
The DOLLY STEAMBOAT at CANYON LAKE murals
This is the finished (but not in the water yet) Dolly Steamboat with my murals at Canyon Lake in...well it's out beyond Apache Junction, Arizona. This was done in One Shot Lettering Enamel, a paint I usually only use for lettering. The paint needed to be super stout. Good enough to maintain it's color and adhesive qualities for years, in all kinds of weather. Moisture (some, this is the mojave desert afterall), heat (a lot of it!) and the UV rays. I've never used it with shadowing and texture before. It was more difficult, for sure to work with for this, ...
RIDE OF MY DREAMS
“Ride of My Dreams” was created after a trip to the Jackson-Barrett car show in Scottsdale AZ. The place was a sensory banquet of color, texture and people passionate about their cars! In this acrylic on deep canvas painting, I worked on integrating the cold hard steel and bright colors of the car with the environment around it...the metal becomes part of the sky, the chrome part of the grass and earth it sits on, all becoming one entity, merging into the other. 24x30 $2500 ORIGINAL AVAILABLE numbered/signed glicee prints are also available- or, I could do the car of YOUR dreams! ...
DEER VALLEY AIRPORT MURAL painting progression
Deer Valley Airport Mural Day 1: This mural, started Feb 18th 2008 presented some logistical problems. The mural measures 12’x5’2”, small by most of my murals standards, but it is in an awkward place, about 4’ from the ground on a wall that had quite a bit of texture, had a large built-in counter in front of it, and had several computers for flight planning on the counters. Most flight planning is done before noon, so I couldn’t start my days till noon and would need to work into the night. I’m a morning person, so that didn’t set well with me. ...
About the Artist
Julie never thought of herself as being particularly talented artistically as a child, but she admired the talents of her classmates, and particularly the art of her big brother Mark. When the desire to do more than just admire their abilities was kindled, she saddled up next to anyone who’s work she admired and picked their brain. (this is a pic of Julie back when she had skinny arms!!!) Julie did the college thing in art at ASU, but that’s not where she learned to really draw. It was later, in the doing, and rubbing shoulders with some other fabulous artists. After ...
BASEBALL, FULL SWING MURAL one of my best nepotism murals. This mural is in Prescott Valley at an indoor batting range called Full Swing. My model was my grandson Brandon. Except he “took a trip to the orthadontist”. Oh, that having magically straight teeth should be so easy As a few strokes of paint! anyway, here’s my inspiration which I jacked off the internet. Thanks, whoever... [Read more]
I want to start off by telling you, when I get dementia and have to be in a dementia unit, THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO GO! I am, besides being a mural painter, a retired nurse. While In nursing school I worked in a nursing home at nights to gain experience. What a HORRID place! I wouldnt place my worst enemy (if I had one) in one of those places! I also worked during my preceptorship, among other areas,... [Read more]
PRESCOTT HEROES MURAL We had a horrible tragedy in my hometown of Prescott, AZ. On June 30, 2013, 19 of our “Hotshot” firefighters perished in a fire down the hill from Prescott in Yarnell. Seems everyone knew at least one of the young men who died that day. It was awful. You just feel so helpless and empty and sad. I knew Andrew Ashcraft and his wife Juliann from church. I had... [Read more]
GRAND CANYON SPIRITS This mural is actually 2 murals on either side of some big double doors, one side in the mexican food restaurant, Sophies, and on the other side, a liquor and snack store, right across from the Imax Theater in Tusyan, just outside the park. The name of the store is “Grand Canyon Spirits” and my client wanted a sign saying that on both sides. I was given carte blanc... [Read more]
GUITAR ART Recently, I learned how to use automotive paint. I painted my scooter. I made a few technical mistakes on it, but nobody knows what they are except me and someone looking at it super-close. Here’s my scooter all pretty blue now instead of ugly grey. So I got to thinking…some of the details on my scoot I had brushed on and it brushed pretty smooth and nice. I wonder what else... [Read more]
CHALKING UP AZ! I’m putting these events in chronological order, the most recent ones first. Good friend Jen, after doing chalk art here in Prescott with me, decided to organize a festival in Cochise County where she lives. She teaches art normally, but her small school where she taught closed. Jen, not being one to sit on her laurels, volunteered in other schools in the county and she came up... [Read more]
AFRICAN FOLK ART A home here in Prescott has 3 distinct wings. The main area is all African and African-inspired decor. The other 2 areas are Irish and Italian. Those will be muraled later. Once again, I learned a lot in researching African Folk Art. The different symbols are not just doodles. They have meaning. I learned the technique for doing African mudcloth. It is a long, drawn out process,... [Read more]
WW2 AVIATION MURAL Like a lot of art/murals I do, I learned a lot from this one. Not only from the art aspect, but also from a historic point of view. I learned what kind of planes were used during WW2 and which ones were considered “cool”, like the P51 Mustangs, some with big teeth painted on them. I learned about “nose art”. I learned of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first and... [Read more]
SHARE THE ROAD Oops, I forgot to update my webpage right after I finished this mural, one of my favorites, here in Prescott! I just realized it so I’m doing it now. This mural is on the High Gear Bicycle Shop on Sheldon here where I live in Prescott. It is based on the cartoon movie “The Triplets of Bellville”, the trailer of which you can watch to see what the heck it is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_LRQ6d9wdc... [Read more]
GASSERS’ GARAGE This mural I just finished (2011) is on the side of a barn here in Prescott. It was inspired by this giant sign the client had gotten from her recently deceased brothers’ estate. His last name was Gasser, and he had it made to hang in this huge garage he had for all of his toys. It had been sitting in this clients’ barn for a few months with her wondering what to do... [Read more]
WASHINGTON SCHOOL RIPARIAN MURAL This MURAL was a trip to do. Last year it was supposed to be done but was abruptly canceled. The Highland Center was in the process of obtaining grants to have a large riparian themed mural painted on the side of the school by the area where the Highland Center conducted classes in science and other things. The Highland Center is an organization here in Prescott dedicated... [Read more]