Julie Riker is a native of central Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Philadelphia's University of the Arts. After graduation she worked as a decorator in the historic restoration of the PA State Capitol, where she was involved for five years replicating original decorative painting, stenciling and applying gold leaf and ornamental plaster finishes.
In 1996 Julie started her own decorative painting business creating artwork for individual homes and businesses. Working out of her Camp Hill studio she specializes in custom art, decorative painting, murals and faux finishes for walls and furniture. She has travelled to New York, New Jersey, Maryland,and Virginia for commissioned projects,and has even created and painted wall finishes for the PA Governor’s residence in 2002. Her work can also be seen at Gabriella Italian Restaurant and Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Harrisburg, St. James Catholic Church in Lititz, Sharon Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove and the Lebanon Country Club in Lebanon, PA.
When not working for a client, Julie enjoys painting outdoors in nature - an art referred to as “plein air painting”. Many of these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many plein air competitions and has won several awards. Some recent accomplishments are Artist’s Choice Award at Paint Snow Hill, First Place at Paint Annapolis, People’s Choice Award for Quick Draw at Finger Lakes Plein Air, Plein Air Magazine Award at the Wayne Plein Air Festival, and Feature Artist juried into Plein Air Easton. She was a finalist in the March 2017 Plein Air Salon, and will be featured in the Feb/March 2018 issue of Plein Air Magazine.