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.
Freeman'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 Freeman 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 Freeman is a Master Pastelist with PANZ (Pastel Artists of NZ), a Signature Member with the PSA (Pastel Society of America) and in the Master Circle of IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies). She has won National and International Awards. Her work is exhibited overseas and is in private collections in the UK, USA and NZ.
Julie Freeman produces meticulously rendered pastel works that find beauty in the finer details of the natural world.