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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Oregon Coast, Plein Air Painting, May 2023

Come paint your heart out in May 2023. This mid-section of the Oregon Coast has wonderful access to tidepools, coastal forest hikes, beachcombing, and much more. Your room is steps away from the famous 804 Trail, with wonderful step-out areas and views for setting up an easel.

Posted 07/01/2022


Stepping Back

We learn to step back in our art practice as a tool of habit, to gain a different view.

Posted 06/21/2022


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