Artist Statement

I use painting as my voice to share both my personal story as well as the story of the society in which I exist. I believe art can act as a mirror, so I intend for my audience to be able to relate to the content of each of the paintings, either in a realistic fashion (figures and portraits are mostly set in current times and common environments), or shared symbolism. However, I also hope to inspire the audience to question about the accepted norms and assumptions we carry as we interact with the world and each other on a daily basis.

Compositions, colors, and content are careful considered and purposefully designed to create a piece that works as a whole but invites the audience to look closer, analyze the relationships of the parts, and have a conversation with the painting. Before any paint hits the canvas, I put in days, sometimes weeks, into developing what I want to say and how it translates on a two dimensional surface. I aim to create a visual experience.

When I paint things, I am not only exploring the specific object or person, but also I am learning about myself in relationship with what I am painting. Each canvas contains a story and a discovery.


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 create drawings and paintings 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 Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artist’s 2016 and 2013 Annual Non-Member Competitions, Best in Show in the 2016 Richeson Still Life Competition and has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon 4 years in a row. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and internationally.

Julie is currently working out of her home studio in Arlington, MA where she is developing a body of work that explores the concepts of nostalgia, life and death, scientific exploration, relationships, connectedness, identity, and more. She teaches both at ARA Boston but also takes on private students of all ages.


Artist Resume


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


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

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
International Guild of Realism


Williams Fine Art Dealers, Wenham, MA
Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA