Julie Beck was born and raised in Western Upstate New York. From 1998 to 2002, she attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated valedictorian with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. From 2002 to 2011, she worked primarily as a freelance designer but continued to draw and paint as a self-taught artist. In 2011, a move to Massachusetts introduced her to the Academy of Realist Art, Boston which catapulted her abilities to a new level. Since then, Julie has become both an instructor at, as well as the Assistant Director of ARA Boston.
Julie has won such honors as the 2013 and 2016 Gold Medal at the Guild of Boston Artist’s Annual Non-Member Competition, Best in Show for the Richeson Annual Still life and Floral Competition, and has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon 4 years in a row with honorable mention. She was selected to participate in and won third place in the 2017 Still life Painting Competition at the Grand Central Atelier. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and internationally.
Julie is currently working out of her personal studio at ARA Boston, where she is developing a body of work that explores the concepts of nostalgia, relationships, mortality and identity. She has a wide range of painting subjects including still life paintings and animal/figurative works.