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Images and Imaginations
That Satisfy Your Soul

When we have things around us that touch us in a deep personal way, we live richer, more satisfying lives. Perhaps one of my paintings will find its way into your heart and help create your own little kingdom.

Paintings

Images and Imaginations
That Satisfy Your Soul

When we have things around us that touch us in a deep personal way, we live richer, more satisfying lives. Perhaps one of my paintings will find its way into your heart and help create your own little kingdom.

Paintings

BIO/ABOUT JULIE

Julie's Studio

Julie Skinner lives in Kansas City where she grew up with a large wooded area behind the family home. “A love of nature was inscribed upon my soul,” says Julie, “as I picked wild flowers in the springtime, climbed trees, searched for fossils and waded in the winding creek.”

Each summer her family spent time in Canada surrounded by woods and water. “Everyday was an adventure, filled with the wonder of unspoiled beauty.”

Because of these somewhat magical experiences, her work is often inspired by nature.

One of her first memories of creating artwork was sitting at her desk in fourth grade, using her crayons to draw a bunny. She first painted with oils when her high school art teacher brought in his own paints with a canvas board and brushes, set them down in front of her and said, “Here, I thought you might like to paint something.”

“He gave me no instruction or help. I just started painting. But he was right,” she says, “It’s a natural pleasure.”
After college, she taught elementary school art. “Children are free to draw what they imagine,” says Julie, “before someone tells them that they cannot place the sun and the moon in the same sky. Their freedom can inspire us all.”

Though Julie has studied painting, sculpture and ceramics, painting with oil remains her favorite.

One of her more fascinating experiences was a painting residency in the Czech Republic. Her studio and exhibition were up a winding staircase in a room of the magnificent Cesky Krumlov Castle. Each day she walked through the cobblestone streets, up the hill, over the moat, through the courtyard and into the building across from castle’s historic tower (founded before 1250). As she painted, she would look up at the designs on the walls painted hundreds of years before and imagine fellow artisans creating the mystical beauty.

“I have had seasons,” says Julie, “when I did not paint due to family activities and various survival diversions. But now I know, whether or not a brush was in my hand, I was always painting.”

Workshops And Classes

Paint from your heart.
Take pleasure in the process.

In older tradition, from Rembrandt to Thomas Hart Benton, students learned to copy the style of the painter under whom they studied.

“Rather than copy someone’s techniques,” says Julie, “I prefer to see people discover and develop their own creative style.”  She believes that people usually learn more from experimenting and discovering what works best for them and what they enjoy most, making the whole experience enjoyable and fun.

Julie teaches painting classes (oil and acrylic) at Longview College in the Kansas City area as well as other workshops and lessons.

Contact Julie
Julie's Studio

Contact Julie