Julie McNiel Artist
JULIE MCNIEL is a Northern California artist.


Enter the Labyrinth! In the way of shifting dunes, these images were formed as tiny granules spiraling into chaos and then settling into new patterns. I sometimes get lost here, as one might while staring into a snow globe. Then I draw my way out, shake myself off, and traverse the pattern anew.

I have always been an artist. As a youth I supported myself by waiting tables, cleaning houses, doing factory work - the usual stuff. I also worked as an illustrator and traveled to China in the 1980s as a courier. There, I documented village life through sketchbooks and photos. Much later I received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was awarded residencies in Europe and Central America. I don't wait tables anymore. I am lucky to earn my keep as a teaching artist. And have been doing so for over 20 years, in colleges, community centers, art schools, jail and prison. My hand-drawn animated films including Fogline, about art and time in prison, have been shown in galleries and museums.



The galleries on this site are organized chronologically from the 1980s to the present, to share with you aspects of artistic development, over time.

go to MIDNIGHT SUN to see a large-scale drawing project, and click on SHELL GAMES to view paintings recently exhibited at the Museum of Northwest Art in Washington, and at University of Hawaii, Hilo. - julie

(Left) TRUE NORTH aka The Mother Lode,
oil painting on canvas, 38 x 50", 2018.