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Barn Horse     * People's choice award* Battleground Art Alliance  03-22-14
Clark County Fair  *People's Choice award*
                      08-10-14
               *Honorable Mention*
      Artists of the Gorge Fall Show  2014
       1st place SWA spring show  2015
Mohave Girl    *Best of Show*            Clark County Fair
Ghost  * First Place and People's choice award*      Society of Washington Artists 2013 Spring show.
Phantom    *People's choice award*  
 Artist's Of the Gorge 2013 Fall show.
      ***Best of Show***
Society of Washington Artists Fall Show 2014
Spirit   * 1st Place in Category & Sponsor Award*
       Society of Washington 2014 Spring Show
                      *Best of Show*
Battleground Art Alliance spring show   2015

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Bugle Boy* *First Place* ***Judges Choice award*** Clark County Fair.  08-10-14
 ***Memorial Award***
Society of Washington Artist Fall Show 2014
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*New*  Montage     Pastel      24x27     
Catillack   Pastel    8x10      2nd SWA Spring show
             Foxy   *New*      8x10       Pastel
  
Like many other young girls, Julie Olsen had a profound love of horses while growing up in Oregon and dreamed of owning one. As the years went on, that dream changed into dreams of being married, which became the real blessing with two wonderful children: first a delightful boy and ten years later, an adorable baby girl. Many beautiful photos captured the sweetness of those endearing times, treasures of Julie’s heart.  

It was during those young years that Julie found work in decorating cakes. This was the beginning of her creative perfectionism in the art of a job well done. But as those years passed along, her love of animals, especially the majestic movement of horses, never diminished.  

Meeting Bill Corwin opened new doors for Julie. She told him that one of her greatest desires was to paint portraits. He introduced her to his wife, Phyllis, a well-known art instructor and award-winning artist in Washougal, Washington; coincidently in the same town that Julie has called home for many years.  

Phyllis subtly taught Julie how to paint portraits ranging from the treasured photos of her children’s sweet faces to some First Nation portraits. She was instrumental in bringing Julie's love of horses to life, using pastels and oils on canvas. 

Julie spends hours in building up the layers of pastels to create the contrast of colors on the canvas. It is that layering that procures the stunningly realistic touch of excellence, focusing on the detailed look of the subject’s eyes. The “eye-catching” feature is the key to bringing the completed art project to life. 

As a budding artist, Julie entered three of her artworks at the Clark County Fair for the first time and was honored with a total of six award-winning ribbons, including “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show”. She was amazed at the accolades, even Rich Rubin, the Assistant Superintendent in Fine Arts, was awed by the results. He exclaimed to her that “This has never happened before! No first-timer has ever won that many ribbons!” 

Julie’s first pieces brought her recognition as she continued to display them, along with new artworks, in local and regional shows and exhibits. Since then, she has been honored with many other achievement awards. 

Julie enjoys and values art exhibitions as a venue to share her love and passion for art with others. This is particularly true when those who share their personal interpretation of the feel and uniqueness of what her art means to them. Some of Julie’s artworks have become prized possessions in people’s homes and hearts. 

Prints are available!
Daae'       28.5 x 46.5       Pastel
"Peoples choice," Artist of the Gorge art show.
                       2017 
Prophecy   Pastel  *New*  
1st. place  2017 Battleground Art Alliance Spring Show.
*Best of Show*
Society of Washington Artists spring show 2017
Farm Horse  20x24  Pastel
*People's choice award *
Society of Washington Artists spring show 2017
*New*   Zeus   16x20     Pastel
*New*  Vixen   8x8      Pastel

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Morning Glory   11x17   Pastel painting   *New*