Inspired by animals and nature, Julee and her husband, Steve, moved to the Telluride area in 2004. Prior to their decision to make the mountains their home, Julee and Steve lived in the Phoenix area where Julee worked in graphic design and began to take workshops at the renowned Scottsdale Artists' School. With guidance from amazing instructors, Julee was inspired to pursue her painting career.

Julee and Steve built their Telluride home from a refurbished barn dating back to the turn of the century. Here they are surrounded by amazing scenery and wildlife. Julee paints many portraits of animals in an attempt to capture their loving spirits. A vegetarian for nearly 30 years and an animal rights advocate, Julee's love of animals (particularly their amazing St. Bernard, Sterling) was initially inspired from re-habilitating Gambel's quail, desert tortoises and other wildlife in Arizona. Witnessing the devotion of these animals to their mates and their babies changed Julee's perspective on the souls of animals. Now, in a mountain paradise alive with elk, deer and even cows that graze during the summer months on their mesa, Julee's passion for animals continues as does her love for the incredible landscape in which they all live.

In addition to animals and landscapes, Julee also enjoys painting still lifes and the human figure. Painting from life is an important facet of her work, and as artistically inspiring as plein air painting.

Julee is currently exhibiting with the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, Colorado and Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon.

Events —

2017 — Three Person Show - February - Mockingbird Gallery, Bend Oregon

2016 — Workshop Instructor at Scottsdale Artists' School - Scottsdle, Arizona

2016 — Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Scottsdale, Arizona

2016 — Southwest Art Magazine - February issue - "Wildlife/Animal Portfolio" editorial

2015 — Workshop Instructor at the Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony, Alabama

2015 — Solo Exhibition, September 17-October 17 — Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride Colorado

2014 — Two Person Show - September - Paul Scott Gallery, Bend, Oregon

2013 — Two Person Show - June - Paul Scott Gallery, Bend, Oregon

2012 — Solo Exhibition, "Telluride Horizons" - June 27- July 27 - Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

2012 — June, 2012 Southwest Art Magazine - Article by Bonnie Gangelhoff

2012 — Telluride Wine Festival Poster Artist

2012 — Finalist Sourcetek Cover Competition

2010 — Two Person Show at the AhHaa School, Telluride in conjunction with the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

2010 — Two Person Annual Landscape Show - Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona

2009 — Southwest Art Magazine - December issue - Listed in Art Values: Paintings to add to your collection

2009 — Four Person Landscape Show - Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona

2008 — One Person Show -- Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, Colorado

2008 — "Salon International 2008" — Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas

2007 — Member of Oil Painters of America

2006 — Two person show at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, Colorado

2006 — Instructor at the Ah Haa School of Art, Telluride, Colorado

2004 — Granted a two week scholarship to Scott Christensen's workshop by the Scottsdale Artists' School

2003 Mesa Tribune - Selected for “Undiscovered Artist Competition”

“Best and the Brightest 2003” — Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, Arizona. Second Place Award

“Miniatures 2002” — Albuquerque Museum Foundation — October 2002 -January 2003

“Salon International 2002”—Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas

“Wade/Fairchild Scholarship Award” — Scottsdale Artists’ School — February 2002

Exhibit Honoring Major Local Arts Patron (Herberger) — Westin-Kierland Resort — February, 2002

Shemer Art Center — Juried — Chosen for a four-person show — January 21 through February 15, 2002

“Best and the Brightest 2002” — Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, Arizona

“Viewpoint 2001” — Exhibit Juror, C.W. Mundy — Cincinnati Art Club — Gift Certificate

“Best and the Brightest 2001” —Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, Arizona

Education —

Classes and Workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School.

B.F.A. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio