About the Artist
Julie Stonefelt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Much of
her childhood was spent on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, where her love
of nature and wildness began.
She has also been influenced by individuals who boldly and eloquently share a love of nature. Some of these people are: authors Brenda Peterson, Jack Turner and Terry Tempest Williams; poets Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder; musician/songwriter Laurie Lewis; and painter Georgia O’Keefe.
Stonefelt lives in Edmonds, Washington with husband and fellow naturalist Kevin Mack and their three rescued tabby cats Henry, Oliver and Otis.
I started painting birds (feathers in particular) while working with injured and
orphaned raptors in New York State. One morning as I entered a recuperating
red-tailed hawk’s cage I found a feather on the floor. Turning it in my hand I realized that each feather is a unique work of art - a reflection of the birds’ spirit and way of being in the world. Since I could not keep those feathers, I painted them in my field journal. This way I would always have a glimmer of the birds’ beauty with me. I began sharing my work with the community as a way for others to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wildness all around us.
2001 Bachelor of Science | The Evergreen State College
Major in Environmental Science, minor in Wildlife Rehabilitation
2004-2005 Mentorship from author John Murray
2001-2002 Weekly Writers’ workshop with author Brenda Peterson
2001 Nature Writer’s Workshop with author Susan Zwinger
1999 -2000 Studied with watercolor artist Gene Talbott
1996-1997 Studied with Haida master wood carver Ralph Bennett
Honors, Awards & Grants
2005 Earthwatch Artist Fellowship
1999 North Cascades Institute Scholarship for Nature Writer’s Workshop
1997 Photo of the Year award, Lake Washington High School
2005 November | Nature Journaling workshop for at-risk high school students
Fall & Winter |Invited to teach nature journaling in the ArtsNow!
Solo Juried Exhibitions
June/July | Featured Artist | ZuKafe | Edmonds, WA
April | Featured Artist | Wade James Theatre | Edmonds, WA
2005 May | Puget Sound Bird Fest | Edmonds, WA
July | ArtSplash! | Artists Connect |Edmonds, WA
June/July | Traditions | Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators |
2006 June | Third Thursday | Edmonds Art Walk |Edmonds, WA
2005 December | Open House Show | Flying Squirrel Cottage | Edmonds, WA
November | Holiday Show | Millers Fine Art Gallery | Leavenworth, WA
October | Out of the Blue | Lynwood Arts Commission | Lynwood, WA
May | Third Thursday | Edmonds Art Walk |Edmonds, WA
April | Grand Opening Show | Brier City Hall | Brier, WA
October | Third Thursday | Edmonds Art Walk | Edmonds, WA
2004 December | Holiday Show | Dooley’s Dog House | Kirkland, WA
August | Late Summer Show | Miller Fine Arts Gallery | Leavenworth, WA
2006 Private Collectors through Miller Fine Arts Gallery
2005 Wilderness Awareness School
“Celebrate Summer at June Art Walk.” Enterprise, 09 June 06: 07.
“Wildlife Artifacts as Educational Tools” NWRA Conference Proceedings 2007
“The Importance of Wildlife Rehabilitation in Conservation” The Journal of Rehabilitation 2002
“Fly like an Eagle” PAWS Magazine 2002
“Natural Forest Regeneration” Valley View Newspaper 200
“Field Notes” In Context Magazine 2000
Common Plants of O.O. Denny Park, Self Published 1999
Financial Basics, A Money Management Guide For Students (Susan Knox) content & tone editor 2000
MY WORK AS A NATURALIST, ARTIST, AND EDUCATOR IS DRIVEN BY PASSION & HOPE.