Julie Petro, AIS, AWA, OPA
20 x 30 in.
About the artist:
Julie’s first exposure to art, as a very young girl, was her mother’s extensive art book collection, which she spent endless hours poring over with voracious enthusiasm. Most often her attention landed on the great portrait and figure painters such as Rembrandt, Ilya Repin, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, and Diego VelaÌ�zquez. Even then she knew she wanted to be an artist, and was encouraged early on by her family when they recognized a natural ability to capture the likeness of whatever she drew.
Her formal study of art began in grade school and continued through her childhood and teenage years. Though she earned her BFA in painting from Arizona State University she considers painting education to be a lifelong endeavor and continues to study with notable artists, including Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Jeff Legg, and David Shevlino.
Julie has always considered herself as an artist of the realist tradition, and her brushwork is infused with an impressionist affection that invites the viewer to knit together the forms she has painted to create their own experience of the work. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches oil painting workshops and classes. Her work is in institutional and private collections in the United States and Europe.
I will be in the 25th Anniversary group show at Arts at Denver, Opening April 22 – May 31. Then I’ll be part of the Collector’s Choice show at Arts at Denver opening May 13th. This fall I will be in RS Hanna Gallery’s Celebrating Women in the Arts group show October 7-29, 2016.