Julie Greig MPANZ, PSA
Julie Greig was encouraged by her father, George Greig, to begin drawing as a child using charcoal and soft pastels.
She explores soft pastel technique, rendering fine details, texture and atmosphere, often experimenting with other media and texture under soft pastel.
Julie also paints in oil on canvas and panel, creates oil mono prints and expressive drawings in charcoal.
While well known for her paintings of horses, stockmen and stockwomen, Julie paints whatever subject ignites her creative fires across a broad range of subjects. She has also been a children's book illustrator and designer.
In 2017, Julie was recognised as a Master Pastellist of Pastel Artists of New Zealand (MPANZ) in recognition of excellence in technique and the awards she had achieved to date. Julie is one of four Master Pastellists in New Zealand. Her recent pastel paintings are often signed with MPANZ to indicate this honour.
In 2016, Julie was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA).
With Whanganui glass artist, Greg Hall, Julie has completed painting 21 of 32 stained glass windows for the "The Whanganui Story". This is a historical project for the Whanganui Council Chambers illustrating Whanganui’s history.
Visitor are welcome to view the windows by contacting Whanganui District Council.
A range of stockmen art prints and greeting cards are published by Image Vault in Christchurch, available from various print galleries and framers within NZ and Australia.
~~~Julie paints from her studio in the Maniototo, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Her original paintings can be found at:
- The Artists Room Gallery of Fine Art, 2 Dowling St, Dunedin
- The Queenstown Gallery of Fine Art, 61 Beach St, Queenstown
- Otautau Gallery, Otautau.
The subjects I paint are real and often commonplace, I choose these subjects based on my personal response to them in order to share a moment or a pose - to remind us that in our busy lives that there is simple beauty to be found when we take the time to really see. Painting is all about learning to see.
I am most inspired by light falling on any subject, particularly in early morning or the long shadows of late afternoon.
I use archival painting materials in whichever medium I working in, to guarantee longevity of the finished piece.