Julie Beck was born and raised in western upstate New York. She attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated valedictorian with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. From 2002 to 2011, she worked primarily as a freelance designer but continued to create drawings and paintings as a self-taught artist. In 2011, a move to Massachusetts introduced her to the Academy of Realist Art Boston which catapulted her abilities to a new level. Since then, Julie has become both an instructor at, as well as the Assistant Director of ARA Boston.
Julie has won such honors as the Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artist’s 2013 Annual Non-Member Competition, and has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon 3 years in a row. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and internationally.
Julie is currently working out of her home studio in Arlington, MA where she is developing a body of work that explores the concepts of life and death, relationships, connectedness, and identity. She has a wide range of painting subjects including still life, animals, and figurative works. She teaches both at ARA Boston and takes on private students of all ages.
"The world we live in is a fascinating place. I am constantly researching, learning, and exploring the connections between ourselves, each other and the world around us. I look to science, culture and human nature to fuel the concepts behind my work. These concepts range widely and include nostalgia, life and death, relationships, connectedness, identity and more. Painting has always been the voice with which I feel most comfortable expressing what I feel strongly about. I intend for the viewer to be entertained by the content but also hope to inspire self reflection and a feeling of how truly amazing the world is around us. "