Julie Edmonds

“My goal is to express through painting a link between what is seen and what is felt; to integrate non-visual ideas with visual ideas – whether they are intellectual, spiritual, physical, or emotional. 

Many artists have inspired me, but I usually revisit Lucien Freud, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt and the marvelous painters of the Renaissance.”

Julie Edmonds

Housatonic River 3  
oil on canvas, 36”x24”   


Julie Edmonds

Inconvenient Truth
oil on canvas, 48”x30”   


“The four transparent figures waiting in the lobby of Great Barrington’s Triplex Cinema are all psychotherapists who I know. The Berkshires are full of psychiatric institutions so therapists abound. I thought it would be interesting to see them in a public space since they are usually seen in private, where they have a more solid existence. The woman outside is ambiguous, an outsider, a patient perhaps, or a young person on the outside of society.”

Julie Edmonds

Maggie Howard, Storyteller  
oil on canvas, 40”x30”   


“Maggie Howard worked for the United Nations Development Program as a journalist for 35 years before retiring to Tyringham to write amusingly about the local country folk. In her stories, she anthropomorphized creatures, both wild and domestic, including her cat, a rude parrot she babysat for, and a bunch of lizards that invaded her basement. During the in-person painting sessions, Maggie sat preoccupied by thought occasionally blurting out a memory like, “I once wanted to be a New Yorker cartoonist.”

The painting shows her character, her originality, her thin body ravaged by emphysema, her wild hair atop her unselfconscious face. She is sitting but not posing. As a 79-year-old with declining health, she is withdrawing…and it is visible.

Maggie died of her disease in July 2020.”

Julie specializes in commissioned portraits. For more information, contact Julie at julieloveedmonds@gmail.com or 413-637-2676.

Julie Edmonds

Near Lahinch
oil on canvas, 12”x12”   



MFA – 1988 Brooklyn College: Studied painting and drawing with Lee Bontecou, Sam Gelber, and Philip Pearlstein
BA – 1966 New York University
Art Students’ League, NYC; The New School for Social Research, NYC; Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO.

Selected Exhibitions

One and two-person
Two Views: two-person show: Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, MA, 2009
People and Places: two-person show: Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA, 2006
Solo retrospective: Fox-Martin Gallery, Housatonic, MA: 2002

reveal: Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA, 2023
Still Life … In Repose: Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY, 2021
Art Of the Hills: Narrative: Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA, 2020
Invitational: 510 Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2019
200 Anniversary Celebration: Lenox Library, 2016
Group Show: Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA, 2015
Drawn together: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA, 2010
Brushes for Books: Lenox Library, Lenox, MA: 2003, 2004, 2005
Sheeptacular : Street exhibition: Pittsfield, MA: 2004
HVAL juried shows: Sheffield, MA: 2010, 2008 through 2005, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998
Sharon Land Trust Art Exhibition: Sharon CT: 2000
Berkshire Art Association: Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA: 1998
All New England Show: Cape Cod Art Association: Barnstable, MA: 2006, 2000, 1988
Master’s Thesis: Exhibition Gallery, Brooklyn College: 1988

Julie is an active member of the Long Pose Figurative Art Group that meets the first three Thursdays of every month at CPC, and regularly attends other events at the Center.