For three decades, McNiel has explored cross-cultural themes expressed in non-linear narrative form through drawing, painting, and performance art. She received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was awarded artist residencies in California, England, and Costa Rica shortly thereafter. McNiel began studying Chinese language and traveling to China in the 1980s, where she documented village life through her drawings. In 2011 she received the $10,000 Victor T. Jacoby Award for hand-drawn animation that explores themes of adoption, orphaning, and girlhood. McNiel has taught art at colleges, universities and art schools on the west coast for 15 years. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Pelican Bay State Prison.
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welcome! go to MIDNIGHT SUN to see a recent drawing project, and click on SHELL GAMES to view current paintings-in-progress. photo this page: workin' on it...julie