Julie Leidel has been painting for more than 28 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 16 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.
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 Cottages & Bungalows. Julie was the featured artist in the Colorado Tourism guide, and was an award-winner in the national Sunset Artist magazine. She's a member of the Evergreen Artists Association, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Foothills Art Center, an active board member for the Roycrofters-At-Large Association and the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society.
Her artwork evokes a feeling of yesteryear and connects to our memories of being out in nature. She strives to creatively translate the landscape, architecture, and beauty into artwork for the Craftsman home. She also enjoys ceramics, photography, playing guitar and harp, as well as hiking in the Colorado high country and climbing those fabulous 14,000 ft. peaks. She spends most of her time in the art studio, and with her loving husband and two children in Evergreen, Colorado.