Julie Freeman is a photo realist with a specialisation in the medium of pastels. Her work explores varied subject matter from natural flora and fauna, to portraits and wildlife. Julie is a Distinguished member of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ), and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Julie's fascination with realism started as a child, she remembers clearly the enjoyment and sense of achievement in sketching and painting realistic pictures. Pastel became her favourite medium many years ago while living in the United States and England where she began creating commissioned portraits, initially using black and white. When she broadened her subjects, began using colour and more specifically pastel pencils, her work began to be recognised.
Julie is currently creating work with the intent of realism beyond the photograph. She uses her own reference photos, and when she is not in the studio at the easel, she will be off on a photographic trip with her husband around the New Zealand countryside, looking for inspiration.
Julie has won national and international awards for her work and has work held in private collections in the UK, USA, and NZ.
Meticulously rendered pastel works that find beauty in the finer details of the natural world.