Each year a local artist is chosen to design the annual Sequim Lavender Festival official poster. This year's artist is Julie Peterson.
Julie was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. She can remember her love for art as early as seven years of age, sitting and drawing horses for hours. She is a self-taught artist. She raised her family and worked part time. Her career as a full-time artist began in 1996, now she can’t believe she would want to do anything else. She explored Art Shows as far away as Oklahoma. She now resides in Moses Lake, but seeking residence in Wenatchee soon. Moving to the east side of Washington isn’t as hard as people think. Julie and her husband Jim have always loved spending time on the east side of Washington. The extra sunshine does wonders for a person. Growing flowers and vegetables are a bonus.
Since moving to the east side she can truly see the beauty in the new landscapes with atmosphere. The basin has beautiful skies in the morning and evening. She has just started a new series in sky landscapes. 2012 has been very fulfilling and busy with paint outs and traveling, as well as discovering new photo reference material for future use. She loves connecting with nature and the land.
Her medium is in Oils on Canvas and Hardboard. She paints urban, rural and wildlife landscapes. Her style is defined as traditional realism. Each piece of work has many hours of devoting layers of paint which gives each piece its rich brilliant color. The challenge and new endeavors is what keeps her spirits high. The ability to be creative and share what she does with others is a great gift and honor and makes her very happy.
“The Sequim Lavender Festival is by far my most favorite art show to participate in. I did my first show in Sequim in the early 2000. The Lavender Association has honored me 4 times by choosing me as their poster artist. This year I was asked to paint a poster which best represented the city of Sequim, the elk, mountains, and the beautiful surrounding area of lavender with a pop of red with poppies.
I have many new original oil paintings and prints for 2022. See you at Carrie Blake Park for the Sequim Lavender Festival, or find my artwork at: https://2-julie-peterson.pixels.com