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Julie Greig

Crieve Studio, Maniototo

  • Patearoa Station Cookshop - Soft Pastel (15 x 20)
  • Silver & Lace - Soft Pastel (50 x 70)
  • Pendragon - Soft Pastel (55 x 65)
  • Speak Up - Soft Pastel (50 x 70)
  • Up With the Birds - Soft Pastel (50 x 70)
  • Cambio - Soft Pastel (61 x 43)

Julie Greig lives near Patearoa in the Maniototo, Central Otago, New Zealand where she paints from her home studio.

Julie is best known for the details, texture and atmosphere in her pastel paintings and loves the immediacy of working in soft pastel.

Julie also paints in oils on canvas or panel, sometimes with acrylics or oil sticks, and enjoys creating oil mono prints and drawing expressive works in graphite or charcoal.  She has illustrated and designed many children’s books and two series of postage stamps for NZ Post.

In 2017, Julie was awarded the status of as Master Pastelist of Pastel Artists of NZ (MPANZ) in recognition of the work and awards she has achieved. She was the third to achieve this honour in New Zealand. In 2016, Julie was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA).

“Painting is all about learning to see and finding a way to share our unique vision as artists with the wider world. The subjects I paint are often commonplace, I chose these subjects based on my personal response to them to share a moment or a pose - to remind us in our busy lives that there is simple beauty to be found all around us when we take the time to pause and really see. I love the mystery of low light, the colours of shadows and tonal transitions. Sunlight through an old gate, the movement of grasses,  reflections on still water, the sheen on a furry coat, clouds moving above; I look at these simple things and I know - there is the inspiration.

I am so thankful to be able to paint daily, in solitude and silence.”

Working with Whanganui glass artist, Greg Hall, Julie is designing and painting 32 stained glass windows,  'The ‘Whanganui Story’ project, which includes painting details and various elements directly onto glass, which is then fired in a kiln before Greg joins the many pieces with lead. The windows are a historical project for the Whanganui District Council, displayed in the Council Chambers, illustrating Whanganui’s history. Visitors to Whanganui are welcome to view the windows. Currently, there are 9 to complete.

Julie personally publishes a range of 'Limited Edition' fine art prints, available for purchase from her Facebook site, JulieGreigArtPrints. 

Image Vault in Christchurch publish a range of stockmen art prints and greeting cards, available online or from galleries and framers in New Zealand.

Later in 2019, Ashdene (Australia) are producing a new range of stockman themed placemats, coasters and tableware.

Studio visits can be arranged by phoning or emailing ahead.