artist in her studio, with her paintings
Featured image in my Apple Valley studio

What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?
JuliAnne Jonker: I would say posthumous portrait commissions I have found them rewarding, meaningful and almost spiritual. I feel that it’s a privilege to in some sense give the person who has lost someone a piece of their loved one back. One of my favorites was a man who was 96 years old. I created an encaustic wax painting of his wife when she was in her 20s, when they fell in love.

I really enjoyed getting to know him, his family and their story. I have also painted/ sculpted several deceased artists who I admire, and have found this to be a wonderful, inspiring experience as well.

How did you develop your unique style?
JuliAnne Jonker: I paint and sculpt with wax. First introduced through the lost wax method used for bronze sculpture, I fell in love with heating the wax and moving it when it’s malleable. I was next introduced to encaustic painting also involving heating and sculpting the medium. Finally, from studying with abstract painters I learned to paint with cold wax and oils. These experiences have all informed my current style which I share with my own students.

To see more of JuliAnne’s work, visit:

painting of a model looking at the viewer, wearing green
JuliAnne Jonker, “Dionysus”, oil and wax, 22 x 30 in., 2022
oil and wax painting of a portrait of a woman looking down
JuliAnne Jonker, “Norma Jean,” oil and wax, 12 x 12 in., 2021


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