Julie Blakemore was born and raised in Adna, a quiet dairy farm community in Southwest Washington. Like many future artists, her parents nurtured her creativity and gave their blessing to move to Seattle to start her journey. Her first step was a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington in Art Education. For 43 years, she taught art in public and private schools in the Northwest, retiring from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien in 2013.
A turning point in her painting career came when pursuing her master’s degree from Bank Street College, New York that included a Certificate of Mastery in painting from Parson’s School of Design in 1995.
“I was determined to improve my technique as an artist, to paint seriously, and to express my personal experiences in a professional way.”
For the last 23 years, she has put on a lot of brush mileage. She has studied extensively at Gage Academy in Seattle to hone her skills, and she maintains a professional association of 9 years with Nine Painters which grew out of study at Gage Academy.
A fan of Julie Blakemore’s work commented, “You have no competition, your work is totally original and personal with unique compositions, style and technique!”.
She has exhibited at many shows and galleries around the Northwest. A few notable showings in her exhibition history include, Burien Pop-Up Gallery, Burien, Auburn City Hall, Oldfield Heritage Center and Gallery, Puyallup, Davenport Cellars in Woodinville, Street Bean Espresso in Seattle, Washington State Fair, Puyallup, Ballard Works, Ballard, Fusions Gallery in Ocean Shores, Gage Academy, Seattle, Pacific Bonsai Museum in Tacoma. Also, corporate acquisitions by Parametric Portfolio Associates, Seattle.
She and her husband, Edlee Quesnell have traveled around the world twice. These experiences, documented by her photography, have added depth and context to her work as a painter. Most recently, seabirds of South America, fishing nets of Ecuador, salmon of the Northwest, fish (herring, tuna, trout, crabs, koi, of various oceans, and bears of Alaska frequent her work.
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