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Julia Swartz Bio

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Julia Swartz


Julia Swartz, a lifetime resident of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, has always had an eye for things of beauty.  Whether it was genetic, her environment, or both, she has always been interested in art, flower gardens and decorating her home.   Even when she was a little girl, she would borrow her mother’s oil paints and begin developing her skills in applying paint to canvas.   While going through grade school and high school, Julia took advantage of what few art courses were offered. 


After graduating from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1970, Julia briefly studied oil painting with the late Jay McVey of Ephrata PA, but marriage and children absorbed most of her time for the next decade and a half.  It wasn’t until Julia got the last or her three children off to school, that she began to get more serious about her artistic talents.   Julia joined the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA) and began studies with tutors, Ann Fields, Fred Witmer, Dr. Ronald Sykes and Lynn Yancha and attended workshops such as those offered by Zoltan Szabo. 


Julia was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s large cell lymphoma in November 1999, but after many prayers by her church, family, and friends, and after 6 months of chemotherapy treatments, the cancer was gone.  Since the cancer experience, Julia has taken her artistic talent to an even higher level. 


A trip to New York Art Expo and several other New York galleries in 2001 was the spark that began a serious study of oil impressionism on canvas.  True to her self taught ways, she armed herself with stacks of art books, and magazines, and made many more visits to Museums and galleries observing and absorbing all she could. Thus began her current look of very textured, bold, color on color, palette knife, impressionistic oil on canvas paintings. Julia loves to explore, create, and try new things so you will rarely ever see her paint the same thing twice. “It would be boring to paint it again,” says Julia. Thus her subjects are wide and varied, from landscapes to cats, flowers, figures and portraits. Who knows what will be next. 


Since 2003 Julia has exhibited and sold her work in over 50 juried art exhibitions and won numerous awards. Peoples Choice Award from Lancaster Museum of Art 2005, 1st place Oil Painting from Bel Air Arts Festival 2005,  Best of Show Canandaigua NY Arts Festival 2004, to name a few. Julia has been commissioned to paint many subjects to the satisfaction of her customers including President Judge Michael Georgelis, whose portrait now hangs alongside the other past President Judges in the Lancaster county courthouse. While it is rewarding to see the pleased looks of customers as they view their commission for the first time, what Julia loves most is a blank canvas and an idea in her mind’s eye, an opportunity with no limits or boundaries to create an image that creates a feeling when looked upon.


For many years, Julia dreamed of having her own gallery. In March 2007 Julia joined Gallery Row in downtown Lancaster by opening her own gallery. In July 2014 Julia opened a second gallery in Intercourse PA. Her husband Terry, manages the Intercourse gallery.


 Julia feels very fortunate to be able to do what she loves, paint everyday, and talk with her customers.    More of her work can be seen at her web site www.juliaswartz.com.


Julia Swartz Gallery,  17 N Prince St., Lancaster PA 17603,  717-397-8020

Julia Swartz Gallery,  3518 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse PA 17534, 717-656-4226




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