Julia Lesnichy works in oil and pastel, doing primarily plein air landscapes and outdoor still life. She is a painter of light and color. Her goal is to study colors of light. Her palette changes with the rapid changing of light in nature. Both in oils and pastels Julia uses a broken-color technique applying layers of colors. She applies oils in thick strokes using a palette knife and brushes creating multi-layered paintings. Julia also works in in oil pastels and often does oil pastels sketches when traveling. Occasionally she does some figurative work and life drawings in oil/pastel.
Cabell gallery, Lexington, Va; The Little Gallery, Moneta, Va; For Art's Sake gallery, Henrico, Va; C gallery in Raleigh, NC;Bella Arte gallery in Midlothian, Va.
American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Southeastern Pastel Society, Northwestern Pastel society, Midatlantic Pastel society.
"Whether it was to escape classroom boredom or standout among the crowd, creativity has always been there in my life. I started drawing in my teens and moved on to painting before going off to college for a degree in studio art. I realized very quickly that I was probably not going to make a living in art so it became my avocation. My real job afforded me time to pursue art on the weekends.
I have worked in many mediums but have settled on oil paints. My subject matter ranges from landscapes to people, still lifes and pets. As a pet lover I suppose I enjoy painting them the most.
I try to paint in a realistic style as it simplifies things. If I put the right amount of paint, color in the right location then I have done the subject justice and provided some "truth" to the art. Being able to draw and paint is an incredible gift and I am grateful for it on a daily basis." - Richard Bednar