Primarily a painter, I think in terms of three-dimensional space and also make painted sculptures and installations. 

Sometimes I work from sight, sometimes I sketch and plan, and other times the process is pure intuition, a response to whatever fascinating story or dilemma I am tuned to. As a result, my work is multi-faceted, and all joined by a common thread of whimsy-- though whimsy is not the exact word. 

Now based in a small town in Eastern North Carolina, I have spent over twenty years working and teaching in the Middle East and Europe, studying arts and languages. All of this feeds into my thought processes and takes me to an organic visual world of Surrealism, humor, cartoon, and pattern. 


 Fort Edgecomb (Maine) 2010

Foca (Turkey) 1999










Inspiration (living):  Shirley  Jaffe   Stanley Whitney  Joanne Greenbaum  Amy Sillman   Peter Doig   Franz Ackermann    Richard Tuttle    Jessica Stockholder  Gregory Amenoff    Georg Baselitz
Others:  Goya   George Inness   Maria Lassnig  Fairfield Porter  Omer Oluc  Elizabeth Murray  Stuart Davis     Burhan Dogancay  Al Held    Fikret Mualla    Franz West    Natalia Goncharova  Joaquin Sorolla   Richard  Diebenkorn  David Park   Juan Gris   so many others...


BA Vassar College 1988
MFA University of Delaware 1995
Certificate, Topkapi Palace 2002


 Hatta (UAE/Oman border)  2011

illustration/commissions at https://www.behance.net/juliatownsend





















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