Artist Julie Skoda

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The Artist Says:

"In the studio I try to re-create the mood and colors captured from outdoor sketches in natural light"

Collectors Say:

Julie's work is amazing. Like, like, like!!!!!


Julie Skoda is an award-winning pastel artist from the Chicago area. Her expressive paintings exhibit rich color and sensitive light. Julie is a signature member of the Chicago Pastel Painters and the Degas Pastel Society, an associate member of the Pastel Society of America and the Vice President of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She teaches pastel painting classes throughout the year online and at the La Grange Art League Studio. 
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES ( for more information, see workshop and classes page)
Spring session of classes starts Wednesday, March 31, 2021
4 day workshop at Dillman's Art Retreat, Lac du Flambeau, WI on August 23, 2021
Throughout my life as an artist, I have been drawn to the light and as a result, what lies beneath in the shadows. Layers of pastel paint interact with the sanded surface and build to convey a sense of light hitting the object whether it be a landscape or figure. But next to the light is the shadow space and the opportunity to intrigue the viewer with layered marks and texture.
My current body of work, the Mangrove Series, was created to explore a more contemporary view of the mangrove waterscape with the use of intense color and energetic mark making to indicate water movement. In recent years my life has included time on the waterways of the Florida Keys, either by boat or kayak, and I’ve come to appreciate the intricate patterns of the shallow water and mangrove roots with close up views to observe what lies beneath where the light hits and interacts with the shadow spaces.
2021–April Connecticut Pastel Society Member's Show and winner of the Great American Art Works Award for "Flowers & Dragonflies"
2021– March PSWC Members Only Online Show (MOOS) for "Flower Child"

2020 December–Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial Exhibition for "Waiting" at [...]

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