Being an artist and painting nature was inevitable. Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore of Maryland has had a strong influence on Julia since childhood. She has an endless desire to paint and over the years has worked in several mediums and gradually developed a distinctive style in a wife variety of subjects. Painting en plain air, figurative work and portraiture are all part of her discipline.
Extensive travel is also documented in her portfolio as many periods of growth in my paintings can be attributed to reference trips. Wildlife has been very inspirational to her work and is her personal favorite. Seeing animals in their own environment and witnessing their natural behavior in person changed the way she paints.
Julia has exhibited in fine art shows around the country such as The Briscoe Museum, “Night of Artists” San Antonio TX, Society of Animal Artists Juried Show for Members, Safari Club International, Wildlife and Western Art Show, Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg, FL, and Gilcrease Museum. Julia lives with her husband, artist Matthew Hillier, their son Patrick and their two dogs.