Read, Julie

Studio Address: 20 Upland Ct, Port Hadlock (by appointment only)
Mail: 1240 West Sims Way #87, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone: 360-464-8273
Teacher/Instructor: Yes (see bottom of page...)
Media: Acrylic painting

Exhibits and events with Northwind

2017, 2016 Through the Wall workshops | 2017, 2016 Art Port Townsend Studio Tour | 2017 Smile-Humor & Whimsy (Juror's Choice) | 2014 Fins, Feathers and Fur | 2014, 2013 Small Expressions

Artist Statement

If you're an 8 year boy, you will like my art. If you think snakes are cute, and you don't kill spiders, you will like my art. If you have insane wallpaper in your home, my art will look good there. If you feel a little dizzy after looking at some of my pieces, then I have achieved my goal.


I grew up on the Colorado Front Range, in the suburbs of Fort Collins. My mother is an artist, and she encouraged the illustrator I was to become. Animals were of primary interest, and she would show me just how to approach the beak of bird, or the leg of a dog, etc. My father is the kind of man who has the garage door open on a warm summer evening, tinkering with something greasy. He welcomed me to participate, and the grittiness of our garage influenced my aesthetic.

I was inspired to paint after meeting the artist Richard Chalmers in the summer of 2010.  He lives in the house my father and grandfather grew up in, in Dorset, Vermont. His colorful, happy folk art is on display outside the house with an honor jar. The collection was so honest and simple. It was obvious he was painting simply because it made him happy. In the fall of 2010 I moved to Port Townsend, WA with my boyfriend Paul, a shipwright. Right away I went to the art store and bought the brightest, most colorful paints I could find... acrylics. I signed up for a beginner's painting class with local artist Max Grover, and I was hooked from the start.  In 2014 I had a solo show in his gallery and I sold almost everything. I've been working as an artist ever since!

Art Instructor/Teacher

Beginning acrylic painting lessons available...

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