Oil PaintingJulie Evans

“Painting is an escape from the ordinary.  It constantly teaches one to see—and then asks, “Do you see what you see?” ”

Julie R Evans prefers to work in oils, painting realistic scenes that are little slices of life. Her main inspiration is the natural world and day-to-day life, and she is often struck by spontaneous observations that yield successful paintings. Her landscapes convey a feeling of calm and serenity, a place for quiet contemplation.

Julie explained, “I use realism as a vehicle to explore the beauty I see around me.  I often seek to communicate the inner feelings which arise from being in quiet, wide-open spaces with glorious natural light.  I enjoy playing with the laws of nature and subtle nuances of the laws of light and spotlighting.  I find painting presents many challenges and problems to solve which engage my mind while producing a more timeless product that is intended to bring joy and happiness.”

Julie  has always enjoyed drawing and painting.  When she was 11-years-old she began oil painting on a weekly basis.  She studied art from local talent and even today seeks to hone her skills by attending various art functions and taking occasional classes and workshops.  Every piece of art seems to present its own challenges and creative place to explore and problem solve.  It’s a lifetime study for Julie and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Julie has been recognized in California as a painter of realism.  Her work hangs in many private and public collections.  She has pieces in the permanent collection of San Bernardino City Hall and was honored with a one-year solo art show at the San Clemente State Beach Historic Cottage/Visitor Center.  She has illustrated 21 updated book covers with her beautiful watercolor paintings [a 21-book series–The Missions:  California’s Heritage (2nd Ed.), by Mary Null Boule].

Painting is an escape from the ordinary.  It constantly teaches one to see—and then asks, “Do you see what you see?”  Having always had a deep love of nature, many of Julie’s paintings reflect the beauty she finds in our California landscapes. The beauty of the Inland Empire and Southern California has inspired most of her paintings.