Photo of Julie Podstolski by Lyn DiCiero; Artist’s Chronicle, 2014
Welcome to my website! Here is a short introduction to my art career. Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, I studied art at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts (3 year course) with a major in painting. I graduated in 1980.
I moved to Australia with my husband in 1982. We thought it would be for a year but three decades later we are still here – with three Australian daughters; Emily, Alicia and Lucy. Matthew and I live in Perth, Western Australia.
I am a full time artist who, in 1994, rediscovered coloured pencils. (I say ‘rediscovered’ because I used to draw with coloured pencils when I was a child and a teenager.)
From art school until 1994 I painted with oil paints. What inspired me to use pencils was the birth of daughter no. 3 (Lucy). I wanted to paint but was frustrated by the demands of motherhood. I wondered – why not use dry media? As pencils aren’t wet, they can be picked up and put down without negative consequences. No longer would I be annoyed by mixed oil paints on the palette drying out before I could even get around to applying them to canvas. (What I mean is, I used to put the baby to bed, then mix up some paints on the palette. Sometimes she didn’t want to sleep so I wouldn’t even get around to beginning to paint.)
I bought pencils, paper and never looked back. For some years I alternated between painting and drawing but in the end, I had to admit that I preferred working with dry media to wet.
A coloured pencil drawing from the 1970s of my Polish dolls.
“Spring Song” coloured pencil drawing, 290 x 430 mm, 2012.
Art is my friend and companion. I don’t do art for money or to enable me to “be someone”. Indeed, if I try to “be someone” I always fall short. The profound joy of observation and then recreating my vision with coloured pencils is my recipe for a rich and fulfilled life.
This website is a record of 40+ years of my art. While I don't put prices on the website, my works are in a range between $1200 to $4500 depending on size and time taken. See CONTACT page to get in touch if you have a query.
1989 URBAN LANDSCAPES Denison Sculpture Studio, Sydney, NSW
1990 SUBURBS AND ISLANDS Balmain Watch House, Sydney, NSW
1992 LOOK LISTEN SEE Merilyn Saville Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2000 SEEING THE LIGHT Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Western Australia
2001 POLES APART with Max Podstolski, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Western Australia
2004 SIGN AND PLACE Allegory Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
2004 STREET THEATRE Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
2005 GEISHA THEN AND NOW Gallery East, North Fremantle, W.A.
2007 SPIRITED AWAY with Peta Miller and Robyn Varpins, Old Royal George Gallery, East Fremantle, W.A.
2010 GEISHA - THE ALLURE OF MYSTIQUE Kingfisher Gallery, West Perth, W.A.
2012 PARIS EN HIVER Elements Art Gallery, Dalkeith, W.A.
2014 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL - FREMANTLE, KYOTO, PARIS Elements Art Gallery, Dalkeith, W.A.
2016 FASCINATION - MAIKO, GEIKO, KYOTO with Robyn Varpins, Earlywork, South Fremantle, W.A.
2017 ENTRANCED a Gallery East exhibition at Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, W.A.
2018 REMEMBER PARIS with Robyn Varpins, Earlywork, South Fremantle, W.A.
2021 AN ITALIAN DREAM with Robyn Varpins, Earlywork, South Fremantle, W.A.
2023 HOME AND HEART - LOCAL LOVE STORIES with Robyn Varpins, 20-30 April, Earlywork, South Fremantle