Artist Julia Holmaas

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Julia Holmaas created her first oil paintings at age 10. After college, the National Park Service employed her until retirement as Chief of Interpretation at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2004. She began painting watercolor in 1992 while working as an Exhibit Curator at the NPS Design Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. There she was responsible for planning numerous educational exhibits for Park Service Visitor Centers.   
Painting in both watercolor and oil Holmaas has won numerous awards for her work.  She is a member of the Area Artists Association, the Chesterton  Art Center and the Southern Shore Art Association of Michigan City. She is active in the Duneland Plein Air Painters and teaches Beginning Watercolor at the Art Barn School of Art and Seminars for the Michigan City Art League.
Painting allows me to slow down and observe my surroundings – to experience the play of light and color.  Unlike the process of taking photographs, painting connects me directly to what I see.  I’ve always made marks on surfaces; from my early crayon scribbles on walls through primary school paintings and high school doodles to my current, perhaps, more mature paintings. The acts of painting and drawing-- using line, color and shape to capture a three dimensional reality in a two dimensional space stimulates, challenges and grounds me.

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