Julie Brown - Painting
Julie Brown is a visual artist who was born in Pleasanton, California but has lived in Springfield, Illinois almost her entire life. Although her early work was in color field painting, her current paintings since the mid 1990's concern the figure, mostly from vintage and antique found photographs. Her aim is to convey a sense of the psychological presence that she sees in her subjects.
Julie has a degree in visual arts from UIS and earned her art education licensure through Quincy University. Before her retirement from teaching in May 2020, she had taught art at all levels - Pre-K through high school (SHG): college classes in acrylic and oil painting (Benedectine) - in a wide variety of settings, including teaching adults and children at the Springfield Art Association. She has studied painting with Margaret Rossiter, and Mauri Formigoni.
Although Julie is retired from teaching, she's not retired from learning. Her most recent learning adventures are taking classes with Denver-based figurative painter Zoey Frank: Multiple Figure Composition (March - June 2020) and the Self-Portrait from Observation (February 2021).
Julie Brown is also a musician and the bandleader of the jazz and bossa nova group Jullie Jules & Co.