I studied art at Canterbury University in New Zealand gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts with a major in painting. I graduated in 1980.
After completing university, my then-boyfriend-now-husband (Matthew) and I moved to Australia in 1982. We thought it would be for a year but three decades later we are still here – with three Australian daughters; Emily, Alicia and Lucy. We live in Perth, Western Australia.
I am a full time artist who, in 1994, discovered coloured pencils. Before that time I painted in oils. What inspired me to take up pencils was the birth of daughter no. 3 (Lucy). I wanted to keep painting but it was impossible with a new baby as I was always being interrupted when I wanted to paint. I wondered – why not try coloured pencils? As pencils are a dry media, I could pick them up and put them down without negative consequences. No longer would I be annoyed by mixed oil colours on the palette drying out before I could even get around to painting with them.
I bought pencils and paper and never looked back. For some years I alternated oil painting with drawing but in the end I had to admit that I preferred working with pencils to paints.
In 2003 I accompanied Matthew to Japan for a business trip. There I saw a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto. I quickly photographed her and when I returned to Australia I made two drawings of her. Since that time I have learned everything I can through books, films, friendships and social media about maiko and geiko (geisha). I have returned to Kyoto 16 times since that first trip to photograph maiko and geiko in order to draw them.
Update: I started this blog in January 2013 with the aim of writing about coloured pencils but many months later I find that this is also a place to show photographs. I take so many photos! Before the blog I never had the chance to show them to anybody. I enjoy sharing photographs just as much as writing posts about coloured pencil drawings. Thank you for looking.
Here is a three minute short film about my art. It was commissioned by Elements Art Gallery to introduce my solo exhibition “Life is Beautiful” and was made by Mustafa Al Mahdi. Life is Beautiful – Julie Podstolski
I have an art page on Facebook. www.facebook.com/JuliePodstolski
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In 2017 I am experimenting with a combination of oil pastels and coloured pencils. I lay the oil pastels down first with a bristle brush and then layer with coloured pencils over the top.