For more than 30 years, McNiel has explored cross-cultural and environmental concepts and narratives through drawing, painting, and performance. 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 Victor T. Jacoby Award for experimental animation that involves hand-drawing, painting and collage as a format for her themes of adoption, orphaning, and girlhood. Julie was born in San Francisco.
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please go to MIDNIGHT SUN to see my most recent drawing project. thanks for visiting! - - - julie
(image left: DETAIL of "LuckyLove in the Underground Palace", pencil, acrylic paint, ink, vellum, on wood panel.)