The Pastel Journal

Finding Success in Variety

New Zealand might be called a fantasyland of flora and fauna.

Isolated by a vast ocean for more than 80 million years and featuring microclimates that vary from rain forests to near-deserts, the country possesses a rich biodiversity. As such, there’s no need for a representational painter to exaggerate color or invent scenes. Photorealist pastel painter Julie Freeman agrees. “To create what I see so realistically pays homage to the beauty that surrounds me every day,” she says.

Freeman’s work possesses a diversity that vies with that of her native country. Her portfolio features both animals and humans, still life florals, and near-abstractions of water lilies and seaweed. “My subjects are varied, and that keeps me motivated and enthusiastic. Many professional artists are known for one style or subject, and when making a living, that’s often advantageous,” she notes. Freeman’s love of variety hasn’t hampered her success and recognition, however.


Born just north of Wellington along the Kapiti Coast, Freeman excelled at art in high school. She elected not to pursue art at university, however, considering it) kept her from getting serious about it.

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