About Julie Freeman
Julie is a self taught photo realistic artist, who over the years has developed her skills in working with pastel. More recently she has broadened her subjects and has been encouraged by the positive response and increased demand for her work.
Julie is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Artists of New Zealand PANZ a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. PSA, and recently gained the Master Circle in the International Assoc of Pastel Societies IAPS.
Julie has won several awards internationally and here in New Zealand. She has exhibited work in New York and Italy and been asked to teach a workshop at the International Pastel Convention in Albuquerque 2019. Her artwork is in private collections in the United Kingdom, USA, and New Zealand.
My fascination with realism started as a child, and I remember clearly the enjoyment and sense of achievement that I got from sketching and painting realistic pictures. As a result of these early experiences, the primary goal in my current work is to create a photorealistic image with more depth of feeling than can be achieved with a photograph.
Pastel became my favourite medium many years ago while living in the United States and England where I started doing animal portraits initially using just black and white. When I broadened my choice of subject, began using colour, and more specifically pastel pencils – my work started to be recognised. Pastel is a great medium, as it is easy to blend, offers a vast range of colours, and with the discovery of pastel pencils allowed me to perfect my passion for creating photorealistic images.
I always use my own reference material and when I’m not in the studio painting, my husband and I will be on one of our photographic expeditions travelling around the New Zealand country-side. I love every step of the process, from capturing and composing the initial image/s, through to using a raw material to produce a final photorealistic painting. My body of work is constantly evolving and influenced by New Zealand’s beautiful scenery, flora and fauna that I missed for the 15 years I was overseas.
There is no greater reward than experiencing the pleasure that my work gives others, through their generous comments, and words of encouragement, and it’s always very satisfying when someone likes one of my paintings so much that they want to own it.
I am a Master Pastel Artist of PANZ (Pastel Artists of NZ), a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. And in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel societies IAPS. My work is being recognised nationally and internationally, and is also in private collections in New Zealand, United States, and the United Kingdom.