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drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, enamel, collage, on paper.
19 x 26"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
colored pencil, gouache, vellum, on paper.
22 x 30"
2004
drawing by Julie McNiel
colored pencil, watercolor, on paper.
22 x 30"
2004
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, candle wax, colored pencil, on rag and rice papers.
18 x 24"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
colored pencil, graphite, candle wax, on paper.
18 x 24"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, colored pencil, on paper.
2004
drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on paper
19 x 26"
2005
Drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on paper
19 x 26"
2005
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, colored pencil, on paper.
14 x 15"
2005
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, colored pencil, vellum, acrylic, on paper.
2004
Temporal Relationship
graphite and silver pencil on paper.
18 x 24"
2003
DETAIL Temporal Relationship
pencil drawing on paper
18 x 24"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on paper
18 x 24"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite, colored pencil, acrylic, on paper.
32 x 40"
2003
drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on paper
2001
drawing by Julie McNiel
graphite on manila paper
18 x 24"
2001
drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on manila paper
18 x 24"
2001
drawing by Julie McNiel
pencil on manila paper
1999

This is a selection of drawings from various projects, dating from 1999 to about 2005. Text illuminating the images can be found throughout the site. Click on images to enlarge.

Many drawings encompass shared themes, such as girlhood, internal/external compasses, animal nature, frenemies, escape, history, and wilderness. Featured here on my site, are mostly improvisational pencil line drawings based on imagination and memory, without pre-planning. At the time, my work began to get some art-world attention. Having been overlooked for decades, the practice of drawing was gaining a new appreciation, with international museum exhibitions devoting space to the celebration of it as a meaningful practice in and of itself. Because of this renewed interest, I started to show my drawings in numerous exhibitions, where they were collected by my patrons, friends, art critics, and fellow artists.

I've been drawing, now, for five decades, so it's value has never been lost to me.