Artist Statement

My representational paintings fall into two main categories:  animal/figure work and still life. I begin animal/figure work with a narrative, social commentary, or a personal experience I want to explore and then develop a visual.  The subjects of these works are either people who I know very well or narratives that have haunted me for some time.

I begin my still life paintings, in contrast, by playing with colors and textures, or a general theme that leaves room for surprising emotions and narratives. I use objects that are loaded with personal meaning – artifacts from my own history or are found objects that evoked a particular memory or feeling.  I play with different groupings of objects until a narrative or relationship emerges, although I fully expect that audiences to craft their own story based on their own experiences and relationships with the objects I include.

As these two categories of animals/figures and still life challenge me in different, but equally important ways as an artist, I work on them simultaneously. Across both categories, however, composition, design and narrative is paramount. No aspect of the picture is ignored.

I believe humans have an innate desire to connect with others and that representational visual art can provide a common language that transcends spoken language, geography and time. My commitment to creating accessible and relatable work is an expression and celebration of this desire to connect.  I hope that my work can inspire others to discover or rethink their perspectives about themselves and their surroundings, as this is the gift that painting has offered me.


Artist Bio

Julie Beck was born and raised in Western Upstate New York. From 1998 to 2002, she attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated valedictorian with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. From 2002 to 2011, she worked primarily as a freelance designer but continued to draw and paint as a self-taught artist. In 2011, a move to Massachusetts introduced her to the Academy of Realist Art, Boston which catapulted her abilities to a new level. Since then, Julie has become both an instructor at, as well as the Assistant Director of ARA Boston.

Julie has won such honors as the 2013 and 2016 Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artist’s Annual Non-Member Competition, Best in Show for the Richeson Annual Still life and Floral Competition, and has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon 4 years in a row with honorable mention. She was selected to participate in and won third place in the 2017 Still life Painting Competition at the Grand Central Atelier. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and internationally.

Julie is currently working out of her personal studio at ARA Boston, where she is developing a body of work that explores the concepts of nostalgia, relationships, mortality and identity. She has a wide range of painting subjects including still life paintings and animal/figurative works.


Artist Resume


Academy of Realist Art Boston, 2011-2016
Roger Williams University, Bachelors Degree, Mathematics, 2002


2017 Holiday Show, Susan Powell Gallery
2017 Keeping Real – Julie Beck and Debbie Kinson, Bowersock gallery
2017 Still Life Invitational, Susan Powell Gallery
2016 Guild of Boston Artist’s Annual Non-Members show
2016 Academic Artists Association 66th Annual national Exhibition of Traditional Realism
2016 Richeson Still Life and Floral (online)
2016 “The Contemporary Figure in Painting” Matrix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2016 “Darkness into Light” Gibbs Gallery, Arlington, Massachusetts
2016 Richeson Small Works Gallery Show, Kimberly, WI
2015 Richeson Animals, Birds and Wildlife (online)
2015 Art Renewal Center Annual Salon, New York (online)
2015 Annual Non-Members Juried Show, Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA
2015 Art Renewal Center Annual Salon, New York (online)
2015 Richeson Still and Life and Florals (online)
2014 For the Birds, Hope Gallery, Bristol, RI
2014 Art Renewal Center Annual Salon, New York (online)
2014 Annual Non-Members Juried Show, Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA
2013 Art Renewal Center Annual Salon, New York (online)
2013 Annual Non-Members Juried Show, Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA
2013 Richeson75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife (online)
2012 Beaux Arts and the New Bohemians, Boston French Cultural Center, Boston MA
2009 Imago Fem Exhibition, West Side Arts Gallery, Providence, RI
2009 Art of the NorthEast, Silvermine Artists Guild, New Canaan, CT


2013 – Current, Academy of Realist Art Boston

2017 First place Savvy Painter Competition
2017 Third Place, Grand Central Academy Still life Competition
2016 Best in Show, Richeson Still life and Florals
2016 Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Salon Still Life Category
2016 Gold Medal, Guild of Boston Artists Annual Non Members show
2015 December BoldBrush Competition Top 15%
2015 Center for Academic and Naturalistic Studies Plein Air Award
2015 February BoldBrush Competition Top 15%
2014 The Artist’s Magazine, Annual Competition Finalist
2014 April BoldBrush Competition Top 15% (2 paintings qualified)
2013 Gold Medal, Annual Non-Members Juried Show, Guild of Boston Artists


Oil Painters of America


Susan Powell Gallery, Madison, CT
Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA