ABOUT THE ARTIST
Julie England is an oil painter who grew up in Wisconsin, Florida and Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. After a career in the semiconductor industry, England earned an Associates of Arts degree in 2015 at Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas. In 2018 she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. England is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She participated in an art residency in October, 2018 at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
In 2018 she was honored with the SMU Mary Vernon Painting Prize from the SMU Art faculty. Her artwork was included in the Texas National 2018 Art Competition & Exhibition, juried by Jed Perl. She has exhibited extensively in Texas and elsewhere in the US. England has written for several publications including PrimeWomen.com about her transition from engineering to art. Julie’s community service is broad; she is a former board member with the Dallas Museum of Art, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board and Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX and the board of trustees of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. Julie lives in the Dallas, Texas area with her husband and works in a studio in Dallas.
I am fascinated by the Earth’s surface. I paint environments inviting my viewers to visit this place. My travels provide insight to “A Sense of Place”. Abundant or scarce natural resources, weather and local agriculture are translated into the way people live and work. Local light and atmosphere affect the colors we see. Adventure and discovery are triggered when encountering a new place. Being outdoors can be a link to childhood. I was raised on a rural Wisconsin pine tree farm where trees beckoned to me as imaginary childhood friends. We relocated seven times before I was thirteen years old from Wisconsin to Florida and Texas. I found friends in the backyard before I found friends down the block. My connection to outdoor energy is comforting solace like “being with family”. My focus is on process and materials, an extension of my chemical engineering background. I enjoy mark-making and material transparency densities to create organic images. My work includes topological forms and gestures caressing the Earth’s undulations. I use color as a vehicle to convey energy from nature.