Julie Riker received her BFA in Illustration from the University of The Arts and, after graduation, she worked on the restoration of the PA State Capitol for 6 years restoring original decorative finishes. In 1996 she started her own interior decorative painting business, specializing in murals, faux finishes, and hand painted decoration. She has painted in countless homes as well as churches and businesses.
When not working for a client, Julie enjoys painting outdoors. Many of these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many national painting competitions and has won several awards. Her work is frequently featured in Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines. She was the focus of an article in the February 2018 issue of Plein Air Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine recognized her as an “Artist to Watch” in their October 2018 issue. Work can be viewed on her website JulieRiker.com.
“I consider myself primarily an observational painter, painting mostly from life, and often outside ‘en plein air’. Painting in one session, ‘Alla prima’ keeps the surface fresh. I like to look for interesting compositions and often don’t know what I will choose to paint until I get to a location. Sometimes what attracts me is simply a light effect and, though my work is representational, it is often the abstract patterns of shadows that get me started. I paint a vast range of subjects, and am always looking for a new challenge.”