Julie Houck's art career began in Boston, where she was a professional photographer for seventeen years. Julie enjoyed photographing on location - especially people. Julie's talent for location photography kept her on the road for much of the year photographing in Europe, Asia and across the United States.
In 1994, Julie Houck decided to pursue a career as a painter. "Back when I was in college, I loved my art classes the most. I decided to redirect and pursue what I loved. My career as a professional photographer taught me about composition and the importance of light. I find these skills come into play when I paint."
Julie studied with contemporary realist painters who based their instruction on the classical principles of direct observation of color, light, and form relationships in nature. She studied at the Atelier of Classical Realism in San Francisco, with David Hardy, the Fine Art Academy in Seattle with Tony Ryder, and most recently in France at the L'Ecole Albert Defois with Ted Seth Jacobs.
Julie Houck's paintings are exhibited extensively in Hawaii. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum. Julie was one of the featured artists at the commemorative Artists of Hawaii exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Art in 2000 and her artwork has been juried into Art Maui six times.
Julie has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the David Warren Memorial Scholarship, a Hawaii Sate Foundation on Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award as well as exhibition prizes for painting. A Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, Julie also teaches plein air painting on Maui and in France.
- Regional Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
- California Art Club, Painting Patron
- Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Artist Member
- Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society, Associate Member
- Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, Signature Member
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