About Julie Snidle
Julie Snidle is a full time artist with a degree in education and classroom teaching experience. She worked professionally as a corporate trainer and administrator before transitioning into art. Julie is a mixed media artist who has worked primarily with wax-based paints since 2004. She is an instructor for R&F Handmade Paints (NY) and an Artist Ambassador for Ampersand Art Panels (TX). Julie teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and in her home studio. Her work has received numerous awards and can be found in private collections and public spaces nationwide. Julie is represented by Kolman and Reeb Gallery in Minneapolis (MN) and the Canary Gallery in Birmingham (AL). Julie and her husband Will reside in Fairhope, AL.
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During her workshops Julie taught people at their own level and spread enthusiasm and good cheer for the medium (even if sleep deprived). She has the energy, flexibility and sensibility to know what students want and need; she fits the bill completely.
Julie Snidle is a consummate professional whose excellent workshops reflect a diverse and creative artistic component but also fine organizational skills and sound pedagogical practices. It is a pleasure to create with and learn from Julie.
Artist Interview: Julie Snidle
How do you work? What is your teaching style?
I switch back and forth between playfulness and discernment. I enjoy the process of manipulating materials until things “feel right”. My teaching style could be described as organized freedom. I begin each session with a demonstration and then encourage students to make what they love; my role is to help them do that. Julie Snidle
What attracts you about travel journaling?
Some of my travel journals date back to 2007. Whenever I look back at one of my journal pages I can vividly remember everything about that moment. I know exactly where I was, what the weather was like, and what I heard and felt. My travel journals are, for me, like a nostalgic time machine. Julie Snidle
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by cracks in the pavement, stone walls, birch bark, archways, light and shadow, certain color combinations, rust, sea glass, patinas, reflections, organic lines, branches and vines, peeling paint, textured walls. Finding just the right collage element gives me goosebumps.
Why do you do what you do?
Creating a blank journal is part of my ritual when preparing for a trip.
This preparation feeds the excitement of what lies ahead. My journal is my travel companion, a creative place to record what happens along the way. It’s very rewarding to be able to refer back to it long after the trip is over.
Why do students attend your courses? What will they get out of it?
I believe students take my courses because I meet them at their level. Students in my courses learn what they need to know while having the freedom to experiment and discover what works for them.
What is your background?
I have been making art since childhood. I’ve camped, backpacked, hiked, biked, skied, snorkeled, sailed, kayaked, and ridden roller coasters. Except for a few years as an elementary school teacher and a corporate trainer and administrator, I am right where I want to be; traveling, teaching workshops and creating art. Julie Snidle
What have you learned from creating while you travel?
I have learned to slow down and pay attention; to notice what I notice.
I have also learned that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be memorable.