Art exists to put us in contact with the great mystery that we long for, that we recognize in passing glimpses. The feeling that beauty gives is the ecstasy of being near the mystery.

Her work is passionate, reminiscent, beautifully painted and each piece has a sense of fullness, a completed story in of itself. I love it. There is a force going on.
— Jan Nicholas, director Fuller/Gross Gallery, San Francisco

about Julia

born 1963, in Boston.        

raised in Paris.    

lives and works in Big Sur, California.

Julia Ingersoll is an American painter with dual French/US nationality, based on the wild Big Sur coast in California, after 10 years living and working in Italy. Her paintings are made from direct observation, in the field. Not unlike a fine wine, they spring from the unique components of “terroir”, of both the inner and outer landscape. The light, the vision, the passion, and the classical tradition. Between the rugged California coast and the artistic atmosphere of Europe, Julia finds a nexus of inspiration and passion for her art and life, as though returned to the home of ancient memory, the heart's memory.      

In addition to landscape, her production also includes still life, figure, watercolors, and drawings. Her work is in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe.

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She is the rare, real-deal as a painter– there is such a well of emotion and passionate expression in each gesture and mark that you lay down on that canvas, it is stunning and exciting to see in contemporary work. People, even people who are classically trained and have moved somewhere else in their work, seem to forget the depth of value and importance of the figurative. It is so close to source when painted as you see it.
— Jan Nicholas, director Fuller/Gross Gallery, San Francisco


B.A. Philosophy, phi beta kappa, University of Colorado, Boulder

Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy – under Daniel Graves

Aegean Center for Fine Arts in Paros, Greece

Apprenticeship with painter/etcher Michael Fuchs in Vienna, Austria

Lived and worked for 10 years in Italy, including study with painter Richard Serrin, and independent work in the museums and churches of Florence, including executing copies of master drawings in the Uffizi, painting in the landscape of Tuscany, en plein air


Museum Shows

2008  “Sanctuary: Landscapes of Cyclades and Tuscany”, Venetian Museum, Naxos, Greece

2008 “Still Classical: Works on Paper from Florentine Academies and Studios”, Westbeth Art Center, NYC, Rhode Island Institute of Design Gallery, and Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy;

Solo Shows

2011 October, "New Works in Oil and Watercolor", Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, California
2010 June, "Tuscan Landscapes", Fattoria del Colle, Tuscany, Italy
2010 September "Terra di Passione e Poesia", La Taverna del Pittore, Bolgheri, Italy
2009 December, "Ancient Oaks", The Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, California
2009 June "Recent Paintings", Villa Le Querciolaie, Tuscany, Italy
2008 August “Nostos: the Mythic Home”, Anemomilos Gallery, Paros, Greece

2007 May “Italian Landscapes”, Villa Vallone, Castagneto Carducci, Italy
2006 June “Il Mito della Toscana”, Fattoria di Colle, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Trequanda, Italy
2005 October “Intimate Tuscany”, Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado

Group Shows
2010 “Miniatures”, Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado
2009 “Miniatures”, Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado

2007 “Big Sur Artists”, Del Campo Gallery, Big Sur, California

Past galleries include Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, CO; Old Town Gallery, Park City, UT, Big Sur Gallery, Carmel, CA; Post Ranch Mercantile, Big Sur, CA; Anemomilos Gallery, Paros Greece.