Outside The Box
Outside The Box

Julie Houck

Outside The Box


intaglio viscosity monotype

14" x 11"

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About the Artist

Julie Houck

Maine and Hawaii

As a contemporary painter working in oils and monotypes, I aspire to convey not merely the scene but also the moment and mood. I am inspired by the interplay of light on the landscape, which is ever elusive and always changing. Painting softly allows me the opportunity to recreate that one particular special moment when the land, light and atmosphere seamlessly fuse. Reflecting a serendipitous moment in time or capturing a mood, can be, however, a deceivingly slow and deliberate process. Both of the media I prefer, oils and monotypes involve applying multiple layers of pigment paint. Every layer spontaneously changes the piece, so it evolves over time with a life of its own. I find this element of working intriguing.

My work in oils is highly influenced by my early classical training-- particularly the study of light on form. Each work is painted in transparent layers with sometimes up to 40 layers of paint in order to recreate the subtle play of light on the landscape as well as to control the incremental changes in tonality.

As an artist, I approach each painting believing that it is not enough to paint the literal view. My goal is to also capture the essence of the landscape and hopefully connect you viscerally to that place and time.

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