Julie Oriet was born and reared in rural Montana, where beautiful scenery and big blue skies contributed to her fascination with drawing as a child. Although she did not major in art at the University of Montana, her early interest in drawing inspired her to become a professional artist and commit to her craft in 1992. Oriet primarily works in pastels to create colorful depictions of animals and landscapes, subjects drawn from her Western surroundings and her travels.
Oriet has participated in art shows in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Arizona and Oregon. Her work is also included in private and corporate collections around the world and in the permanent collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum and The Brinton Museum. She has had feature articles in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector and Travel Africa Magazine.
Oriet lives near Cody, Wyo., with her husband, Western sculptor T.D. Kelsey.
Visit her website at www.julieoriet.com