White Cloud Resting, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

Julie Devine

My work is about heightened emotional and spiritual experience in landscape. I pay close attention to the quality of light; its value, source, and temperature. I paint and structure pieces of light and try to convey a sense of air and movement. Shapes and composition are also very important to me. Painting outdoors is inspirational, and has influenced the way I work. I have learned to favor palette knives for their speed and immediacy. Outside, among the changing conditions, I paint more quickly, confidently, and with thicker paint. Immersed in the elements, the colors come more intuitively and I make more of a mess. I draw upon this outdoor experience when working in the studio on larger work, channeling the freedom and fluidity that make plein air paintings so fresh and vibrant.


Study for Cashmere, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in.

Cascade Valley , oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

Glenoma Pasture, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Skagit Spring, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 in.

Amethyst and Chrysoprase , oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Sweep, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

Golden Dusk Highway, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.