Stalking the Shallows
16 x 20 in.
Oil on canvas $1500
Available through the artist
While painting out with her local plein air group, artist Julie spied the often-shy Green Heron across the river. She has learned to keep her camera handy for just such opportunities. A few weeks later the bird had come to life at her studio easel in Stalking the Shadows.
“I often surprise people when I can recognize a bird by its song or just by the way it flies or perches. Bird watching has always been a part of my life, but amazingly I only started painting them a few years ago. A friend asked why I never painted birds since I knew so much about them. I didn’t have the answer! First tried the subject while doing a ‘30-In-30’ daily painting project and got a very positive reaction to those birds. Now I paint them as often as I can, and I also like to share interesting facts about the birds along with the work.”
Julie Gowing Hayes is indeed energized by spending time in nature. Her deep-rooted love for the outdoors began on a small farm in southwest Iowa. The combination of her father’s involvement in local conservation efforts through tree planting, watershed developments and improved farming practices along with her mother’s love of gardening and bird watching instilled a respect for the land and the trees, flowers and wildlife it supports.
Memberships and current honors:
Julie is a Women Artists of the West (WAOW) Signature Member and 2018 show co-chair, board member of Heart of America Artists Association (HOAAA), charter member/co-founder of Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society (POPS), member of Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks (PAPO) and Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS).
Julie’s work was juried into the WAOW’s 48th National Exhibition Tallgrass Rendezvous at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, September 21-November 4, 2018. She will be there in person for the opening weekend festivities.