Julie Houck

North Yarmouth, ME

Julie Houck A Signature painter of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and International Plein Air Painters, Julie’s works are increasingly being displayed at prominent galleries in Hawaii and on the US Mainland. She has been published in International Artist, Southwest Art, HI Luxury and American Art Collector magazines. Houck’s art career began in Boston, where she was a professional photographer for 17 years. “I enjoyed photographing on location—especially people.” Her talent for location photography kept her on the road for much for the year photographing in Europe, Asia and across the US. In 1995, Houck decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a painter. “When I was in college, I loved my art classes the most. I decided to redirect and pursue what I truly loved. My career as a professional photographer taught me about composition and the importance of light. I find these skills come into play and influence my painting.” Houck studied with contemporary realist painters who based their instruction on the classical principles of directly observing color, light and form relationships in nature. She studied at the Atelier of Classical Realism in San Francisco with David Hardy, the Academy of Fine Art in Seattle with Anthony Ryder and most recently, in France, at the L’Ecole Albert Defois with Ted Seth Jacobs. Houck studied en plein air with John Cosby, Kevin MacPherson, Don Demers and Kim English. Coupling her photographic skills with her painter’s eye, Houck’s most recent series is a series of contemporary landscapes. These images capture light with vibrant color and dynamic brushwork. An award winner at the National Paint America Competition, Houck has also been a recipient of the David Warren Memorial Scholarship Grant, a Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award as well as exhibition prizes for painting. Houck’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum. She was one of the featured artists at the commemorative “Artists of Hawaii” exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Art in 2000 and is an invited artist in the World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists. A popular and well-respected instructor, Houck also teaches plein air painting on Maui, the mainland and in Europe.

Website: http://www.juliehouck.com