Artist Statement

My preference is experience of landscape rather than domestic life. My Landscape @ Elevation body of work combines the memory and feeling of being in space. My artwork includes aerial perspectives of New Mexico and other arid locations. Long discussions with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum about photographing her sites from the air led to using their 2018 photographs as my inspiration. An aerial view enhances the viewer’s awareness of the three dimensions in space.

These landscape paintings capture gestures of surfaces and spaces, enabling a sense of movement while standing still. Being outdoors can be a link to childhood. Raised on a rural Wisconsin pine tree farm, I felt trees beckon to me as imaginary childhood friends. My connection to outdoor energy is like being with family.

I paint experiences of outdoor places from observation, memories and imagination.My work concentrates on geological forms and topology; making a physical impression. Color and texture convey energy from nature.

During 2020 we spent more time outside during the global pandemic to seek safety and connection to neighbors to overcome isolation. “Outdoor rooms” in front and back yards or on the street became our gathering places. We heard about isolation from loved ones, job loss, stress from working at home and school at home.

My botanical paintings focus on organic imagery, followed by mark-making and use of material transparencies. My work includes botanical forms and gestures, using color to convey energy from nature. I create images of imaginary botanical environments inviting my viewers to visit.

Julie England Bio

Julie England is an oil painter who grew up in Wisconsin, Florida and Texas. In 2018 she was honored with the SMU Mary Vernon Painting Prize from the Southern Methodist University Meadows Art faculty. Her artwork was included in New Texas Talent XXVII in 2020 and the Texas National 2018 Art Competition & Exhibition, juried by Jed Perl. She has exhibited extensively in Texas and elsewhere in the US. She participated in an art residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2018.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. After a career in the semiconductor industry, England earned an Associates of Arts degree in 2015 at Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas. In 2018 she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. England is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Julie’s community service is extensive; she is a former board member with the Dallas Museum of Art, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board and Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX and the board of trustees of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. She currently serves on the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy curatorial committee. Julie lives in Flower Mound, Texas with her husband and works in a studio in Dallas,TX.

2020 Photograph below by Teresa Rafidi.

Julie England Resume

 

Born

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

 

Education

2018 Bachelors of Fine Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
2015 Associates in Arts Degree, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX
1979 Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

 

Solo Exhibits

2020             Landscape at Elevation, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth TX

2017             Botanicals, Texas Women Ventures Office, Dallas, TX

2014             Sense of Place, Texas Women Ventures Office, Dallas, TX

 

Selected Group Juried Exhibitions (2019 – Present)

2022             Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth TX
2021             CCAN2021! Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX
                     Inaugural Group Art Exhibition, Strata Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
                     TRAHC’s 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition,
Regional Arts and Humanities Center, Texarkana, TX
                     Lubbock Arts Festival 2021 Juried Gallery, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Lubbock, TX
                     Artist Showcase, Lincoln Experience Center, Frisco, TX
                     Animal? Mineral? Vegetable? , Dallas Metro Contemporary Arts Gallery, Plano, TX
                     CAL National 2021, Conroe Arts League Gallery, Conroe, TX
                     Reflection – Women In Art, Nuu Muse Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     February Group Show, Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2020             New Texas Talent XXVII, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     CCAN2020! Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX
                     Abstract Matters National Juried Art Show, 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC
                     GALEX 54 National Competition & Exhibition, Galesburg, Illinois
                     Richardson Civic Art Society Juried Membership Show, Richardson, TX
                     Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibit, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Fort Worth, TX
2019             SOLO SHOW [DOWN], Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth TX
                     Calm To Chaos, North Haven Gardens Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     Through A Scope, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
                     National Juried Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX
                     Dallas CAC 2019 Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas, TX
2019             California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                     CHAOS, Small Works Art Exhibition, RO2 Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     GALEX 53 National Competition & Exhibition, Galesburg, Illinois
                     Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibit, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Fort Worth, TX
                     Richardson Civic Art Society, 53rd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Richardson, TX
                    2019 Texas & Neighbors 34th Regional Art Exhibition, Irving TX
                    Texas Visual Art Assoc. BLUE Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX

Awards

Mary Vernon Painting Prize, SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Residencies

Vermont Studio Center, one month, 2018

Public and Corporate Collections

Brookhaven College, DCCCD, Farmers Branch, TX

Lancaster Hotel, Houston, TX

Publications / Media Coverage

Annual Folio, Juried Publication 2019, December, 2019
VOYAGE DALLAS, September 28, 2020;  READ MORE
PAPER CITY HOUSTON, October 30, 2019; READ MORE
VOYAGE DALLAS, April 10, 2019; READ MORE 
4WordWomen.org, January 21, 2019; READ MORE
PRIMEWOMEN.COM, October, 2018; READ MORE
SMU Meadows School of the Arts, May, 2018; READ MORE
Dallas Morning News, 8 July 2016; READ MORE
PRIMEWOMEN.COM, October 24, 2017; READ MORE