art by julie read



CVG Show 2019, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

PTSA Faculty Exhibit featuring Kim Kopp, Julie Read, Meg Kaczyk and Linda Okazaki, Phyllis Lamphere Gallery, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA


Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Everyday World of Max Grover with guest Julie Read, The Art Project, Bainbridge Island, WA


Humor & Whimsy, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA

"Juror's Choice" Award for Glitter Bomb

Surreal Salon 9, Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts, Baton Rouge, LA

CVG Show 2017, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA


EAFA 2015 Juried Abstract Show, Seattle Design Center, WA

"H.K. Holbein Sponsor Award" for El Toro Moribundo



Fins, Feathers & Fur, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

Expressions Northwest, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

"People's Choice" Award for Jackalope & Friends

Small Expressions, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA



Expressions Northwest, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

Jefferson County Fair, Port Townsend, WA 

“Best in Class-Adult Painting” & “Honorable Mention”

Small Expressions, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA





First Big Show, Max Grover Gallery, Port Townsend, WA




The Artist's Magazine Annual Competition

Finalist, Jackalope & Friends



"Read's 'First Big Show' Nearly Sells Out" Port Townsend Leader



Faculty member: Port Townsend School of the Arts, Novemeber 2015-Present


Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA




A fundraising show of portraits featuring adoptable pets from Center Valley Animal Rescue, proceeds to benefit the shelter


Printery Communication's calendar artist

I began painting at the age of thirty after encountering the artwork of rural folk artist Richard Chalmers in Dorset, Vermont while on a road trip. The artist had painted clever scenes on scraps of wood and left them in his yard next an honor jar. With a playful notion to create humorous art, I signed up for a painting class offered by Max Grover in Port Townsend, Washington where I live. I learned to use acrylic paints and work from my imagination. After four years of eager practice, I had a collection of paintings and a solo exhibition at the Max Grover Gallery in Port Townsend. I sold nearly every piece on opening night and have been in pursuit of a career as a fine artist ever since.


My original inspiration to make art and early training is resonant in my practice now. Max Grover claims that “painters paint what they know”. This has become an important guide as I approach my next piece. Often my inspirations are humorous but I'm not trying to be whimsical. I'm inclined to refer to objects and images from my middle-class, suburban upbringing in Eastern Colorado, however my paintings are also a celebration of the absurd, scary, uncomfortable, and meaningless parts of American life as I know it.