Whether you'd like to put me to work on a pet portrait, wish to follow my creative journey, or are just here to view the pretty pictures, Welcome!
You can easily commission a pet portrait from the website. View the price list above, under the PETS (commission a painting) tab, and send photos to


Now Showing: Sweet Spot


Now Showing at Portland on the Park through April 2021

Sweet Spot

40 x 30", acrylic on canvas, October 2020
Starting with typeography, (the letters in my husbands name), and exploring shapes, color, harmony and balance. This mid-century modern style reminds me of the art that surrounded me in my 1960's youth.
No comments

I Started Journaling Today


I started journaling today. I didn’t commit to a resolution or institute rules. Being a rebel, I tend to see how quickly I can break those rules, tell the world to leave me be and ultimately disappoint myself with my own misbehavior. But today I started journaling and here’s why:

Two weeks ago, for at least the 10th time, I started morning artists page journaling as recommended by the author of The Artists Way, Julia Cameron. Although I only managed to do them three days in a row, I’d easily filled page after page with free-flowing ideas for projects. I didn’t think much of them at the time, but I remembered one of those ideas yesterday and I looked back my artist pages to find any detail I’d written surrounding it.

The sheer volume of ideas, full of interesting detail astounded me. An important insight deepened the way I saw my role as an artist. I’d just left all that on the page and moved on, not thinking any more of most of them. It made me wonder how often I have wonderful ideas, only to forget them soon after.

So today, in the interest of paying attention, being respectful to my creative muse, and involving myself in more personal creative development, I started journaling.

If you started journaling, what might you learn about yourself, your source of creativity, your role in the world? What ideas might you capture that will move you forward?

No comments


Mid-Century Modern Mash ups

 Lately I've been combining streamlined mid-century modern abstract designs with mark making and layers. To me, the textured top layers and wandering marks just seem to bring out the best in these mod geometric shapes. 

The collage bits come from vintage books, which seem to belong with that mid-century modern vibe.

Poetry Playdate, Sept 2020

Dancing on the Patio, Sept 2020

No comments


Art Auction Features


In September, I'll be participating in the CreativeConnections Fine Art Online Auction Fall 2020 Sept. 20-27.

The auction will include three very special to me framed abstracts that were created in a series inspired by a period of grief and transformation after becoming a young widow in 2000. Dreams that Linger, Will Send You Birds and Ask the Universe were all created with mixed media on 12" wood panels, are finished with a hand rubbed wax finish and framed in quality antique gold 3" frames.

Dreams that Linger
Dreams that Linger

Will Send You Birds

Ask the Universe

64 artists from Arizona as well as the United States including Texas, Washington State, New York, Florida, Colorado and New Jersey are participating. Fine art in all mediums, including paintings, glass, fiber, jewelry, mixed media and more will be available for purchase with free shipping offered to the contiguous 48 states.

Supporters will help the nonprofit, World Central Kitchen (WCK), feeding those in need due to COVID-19 hardships. Chef Jose' Andres' and his wife have activated hundreds of restaurants and kitchens to feed those in need during the pandemic, including medical professionals on the front lines and on the Navajo Nation. For more on World Central Kitchen, visit

Art patrons and collectors may view and register free beginning September 16th at

No comments


Toward an Open Sky Now Showing

I feel so honored to have my painting, Toward an Open Sky selected by Artlink Phoenix and Portland on the Park for their most recent art exhibition.

Showing at Portland on the Park, downtown Phoenix through October 2020

Toward an Open Sky
24 x 30, mixed media on stretched canvas

Much as we struggle toward achievement and excellence within the framework  of our daily existence, rich saturated color builds from neutral, shadowy depths and reaches upward, straining toward a radiant, promising future.

No comments


Adventures in Abstraction

There's something so satisfying in creating an abstraction. Whether I'm abstracting a scene, a figure or a still life or I'm creating a non objective abstract painting from my own imagining - putting together composition, design and detail is quite the intellectual exercise.

20 x 30" mixed media on paper

20 x 20" acrylic over collage on paper

No comments
© julie tarsha art • Theme by Maira G.