I was born in North Vancouver, B.C. and raised in small towns in Southern Ontario, including Niagara-on-the-Lake. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t sketch, scribble, colour or paint, and almost all of my earliest memories involve some intense experience of colour. After receiving a PhD in Ancient Philosophy in 2007, and having taught for a number of years at universities in Canada and the U.S, I found myself missing painting. In the fall of 2013, I started painting as often as academic obligations would allow.

I work primarily in acrylic and in small formats. My current work focuses on landscapes, including sky and floralscapes, and houses. I am inspired by the intimacy of simple scenes and objects, and by the subtle relationships between colour, shadow and light in the natural world. When painting buildings, for example, I try to paint early or late in the day so as to capture the strong contrasts between colours in shadow and in light.

Julie ponesse art