Julia Lesnichy works in oil paint and pastels, creating classically-styled Impressionist paintings and sketches of natural landscapes and foliage. Julia creates many of her works outdoors, en plein air, to better capture both the original intent of the impressionists, and her modern-day subject matter.
Julia notes in her artist’s statement that she is inspired by Claude Monet, one of the original artist associated with the Impressionist movement. In Julia’s works, this inspiration shines through nicely – the artist has developed a unique style to suit her own practice, but consistently pays homage to this part of art history.
The artist works both in oil paint and pastel, and it’s interesting to see these together in her portfolio, often depicting similar scenes. The contrast between the two mediums is subtle, but noticeable: Julia’s oil paintings tend to create a layered, three-dimensional look that seems more contemporary, while the oil pastel works have a smooth, softly blended finish.