Julie Read

I grew up on the Colorado Front Range, in the suburbs of Fort Collins. My mother is an artist, and she encouraged the illustrator I was to become. Animals were of primary interest, and she would show me just how to approach the beak of bird, or the leg of a dog, etc. My father is the kind of man who has the garage door open on a warm summer evening, tinkering with something greasy. He welcomed me to participate, and the grittiness of our garage influenced my aesthetic.  

I was inspired to paint after meeting the artist Richard Chalmers in the summer of 2010.  He lives in the house my father and grandfather grew up in, in Dorset, Vermont. His colorful, happy folk art is on display outside the house with an honor jar. The collection was so honest and simple. It was obvious he was painting simply because it made him happy. In the fall of 2010 I moved to Port Townsend, WA with my boyfriend Paul, a shipwright. Right away I went to the art store and bought the brightest, most colorful paints I could find... acrylics. I signed up for a beginner's painting class with local artist Max Grover, and I was hooked from the start.  In 2014 I had a solo show in his gallery and I sold almost everything. I've been working as an artist ever since!

Why are you an artist? Honestly I feel I was born with a compulsion to make things, and an endless stream of ideas.  It is easy and natural for me to make art, and I can't turn it off. 

Why is art important? Stories are told through art, in a way that words can not.  Humans like to tell stories!


Upcoming Classes

Painting Miniatures

Past Classes

Learn to Paint Using Acrylics

Paint Your Palette



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