Stockmen and women, horses and portraits are Julie’s inspiration, along with the unique and varied landscapes of Australia and NZ. Born in Raetihi, near Mount Ruapehu, then living in Canterbury and the Wairarapa, she developed a love of mountains and wide-open spaces. Julie states "I endeavour to paint the sense of quiet and vastness we are so lucky to have in our light filled dramatic lands. I always travel with sketch book and camera, and if I could just live until I'm 150 I might get all the paintings out which drive me every day in front of my easel. As I grow older I have a sense of urgency in my painting - so I work on simplifying my life, reducing interruptions and distractions so I'm able to maintain focus and concentration and just paint in my quiet studio."
A Country Romance
In 2012, Julie was recognised as a Distinguished Artist Member of Pastel Artists of NZ (APANZ), in recognition of excellence in technique and the work she has achieved to date. Julie Grieg