Julia O'Reilly

Award-winning color media artist.

The song of the land is in my bones and in my heart. It seeps into everything. There is magic in that, gentle and wild. It's this unseen forces that I seek to understand and share in paint.

The natural world is the start point of every painting I create. The painting process requires careful observation, and attention to my own inner responses.

I study light. I'm always moved by the way light and shadow pass through a place. Light tells us much about time. Time as it relates to place begins to tell a story. I use art as a language to understand these stories of place, and my place in the world.

Julia O’Reilly’s sunsets are seen through an Oregon of stillness, brilliant with a hyper color other artists only dream of. Obtaining it is not easy.

~ Renardo Barden, 350 Words, Portland, OR

The Art Blog

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Painting Workshop-Retreat on the Oregon Coast, May 2023

Four day retreat and gouache painting workshop on the Oregon coast.

Posted 04/25/2023


How can we explore color’s amazing power for expressing emotions in art?

How we can use color for expression

Posted 04/11/2023


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