Julie Leidel has been painting for more than 30 years, but it was only when she discovered the Arts & Crafts Movement (1880-1920) that she truly found her artistic voice. The Arts & Crafts style has been a muse on her shoulder for over sixteen years, and her love story with this period-style artwork started with a home renovation in 2005. She fell in love with the architecture, furniture, pottery, and lighting that, when brought together, make a house a home.
Julie graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BA degree in Graphic Design and worked as a graphic designer, photographer, and user interface designer for many years. Her life-long dream came to fruition as she transitioned to working full-time as an artist in 2013. Julie exhibits her artwork at 10-20 fine art festivals and shows annually. In 2016, Julie was accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, where she carries on the century-old traditions and values set forth by Elbert Hubbard and The Roycrofters from East Aurora, NY. In 2021, Julie was elevated to Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, which has been a dream of hers for over a decade.
Julie was chosen as the featured artist of the year in American Bungalow Magazine, and has been featured on CBS 4 News, Channel 7 News, and in Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, 5280 Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, and other magazines. Julie was the featured artist in the Colorado Tourism guide, and was an award-winner in the national Sunset Artist magazine. She is an active board member for the Roycrofters-At-Large Association in New York. She's a member of the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society, Evergreen Artists Association, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Foothills Art Center, and 40 West Arts District.
Julie's artwork evokes a feeling of yesteryear and connects to our memories of the natural beauty that surrounds us. She strives to creatively translate the landscape, architecture, animals, and written word into artwork for the Craftsman home. She enjoys her daily qigong meditation practice, photography, hiking, camping and 4x4ing in the Colorado high country. She spends much of her time in her art studio, and with her loving husband and two children at her home in Evergreen, Colorado.