Phoenix artist, Julie Gilbert Pollard, paints in oil and watercolor in a fluid, painterly manner. Her painting style, while representational, is colored with her own personal concept of reality. “The eye may see as a camera ‘sees’, but the mind’s eye sees an altered, imagined image, what it wants and hopes to see. It’s that illusive image, uniquely mine, along with a heightened sense of ‘realness’ that I try to express in my paintings. This world of ours is often a frightening and mysterious place, but it is filled with scenes and subjects that excite my eye and imagination! The magical allure of the natural world, and my reverence for it, compel me to attempt to capture its essence on canvas or paper.”
Julie is the author of three North Light Books, Brilliant Color (oil & acrylic, 2009), Watercolor Unleashed (2013) and Discover Oil Painting (coming November 2015) plus nine videos for North Light Shop/ArtistsNetwork.tv (2011, 2014 and 2015): three Watercolor Unleashed, two Acrylic Unleashed and four Oil Painting Unleashed (the latest, four oil painting videos to be released later in 2015). Additional publications include various articles and book inclusions.
She has given instruction in watercolor and oil since 1985 in numerous venues such as La Romita School of Art in Umbria, Italy and Cheap Joe’s Art Workshops in North Carolina. Current (2015) venues include among others, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Shemer Art Center and Cynthia’s Art Asylum in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area; Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, Georgia; Beach Art Group in Panama City Beach, Florida and Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society in Sidney, B.C., Canada.
A frequent award winner, Julie’s oils and watercolors have hung in numerous juried and gallery exhibits. Most notable recent awards: Best Impressionistic Painting in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2012 and Best Use of Light & Color in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2011.
She is a signature member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Arizona Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections and is represented in Arizona by Esprit Decor Gallery in Phoenix, Raku Gallery in Jerome and Sedona Arts Center Gallery in Sedona.