July Featured Artist - Julz Nally

Julz Nally

Current place of residence?

Portland, Oregon, USA

Your website?


Julz Nally

When was the last time you ate a pancake?

Last week. Delicious.

Favorite day of the week?

Saturday: anything is possible.


Give us a brief description of you and your work.

I am living out dreams in Portland, Oregon as a working artist, wifey, and stay at home mama to a super fun 5 year old! I love color, sweets, summer, gardening, drawing, and adventuring! I have been running my business handmadejulz for the past 10 years, and it continues to evolve each year. Since becoming a mother, I have realized that my true passion as an artist is found in illustration and teaching. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to stay at home and raise our daughter and figure out what the day will bring when we wake up in the morning.

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What's your goal as an artist?

My goal as an artist is to continue to do what I love and to share my views with the world through my art. Creating makes me happy and I hope to make others happy in some way with my art. I would also like to teach kids art classes one day.  


Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. There is so much inspiration in one day it’s often hard to wrap my head around it! I am constantly thinking in pictures. Currently, I’m drawing a lot of inspiration from our garden. I started a 100 days project on April 6th of painting our garden because I wanted to paint more and document what we are growing. I’m also inspired by my husband and his different way of thinking than my own, vintage books, travel, color, and people that I follow or find on Instragram. Being around kids is also a huge source of inspiration for me - they see the world in a way that is just pure magic! Kindness from family & friends that give me support are also inspiring and keep me going! 


What do you do when you're not making illustrations?

When I’m not making illustrations, I’m playing, crafting, adventuring, or hanging with my family & friends. During the summer, I love gardening and going to farms to pick berries. When this post goes live, I will be on a 2 week trip to Peru which I’m super excited about! 


Vintage or High Tech?

I would have to say vintage. Things seem to be so much simpler and longer lasting with vintage. Our home is filled with vintage pieces from estate sales and vintage toys that my mom saved from my childhood - they invoke happy memories and are beautiful to look at.


What was the last full album you listened to?

The Staple Singers. My favorite neighborhood bar, Vintage, has a coloring night on Monday night. Jacob Balcom DJs with vintage records and Alicia Justus provides a new coloring sheet each week of a Hollywood original. Once you turn in your coloring sheet, (and tip the dj) you can leave with a cd filled with jazz, blues, all 1920’s female singers. It’s always a surprise! I enjoy listening to the cds with my daughter in the car. 


Favorite type of melon?

Watermelon. Summer isn’t summer if there isn’t watermelon in the house to eat everyday!

Favorite deceased artist?

Mary Blair has always been an inspiration. Her work is filled with color & so magical! I’ve also always been drawn to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I love all of the details in his paintings and the many layers involved with each of his works. The child-like nature and looseness of his painting is inspiring.


Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I really appreciate all of the details that go into making Plywerk. It’s environmentally friendly, the prints turn out beautiful, and it’s ready to hang!  

Favorite living artist?

Lisa Congdon (http://lisacongdon.com)

Carson Ellis (http://www.carsonellis.com)

Helen Dardik (http://www.oneluckyhelen.com)

Mark Burckhardt (http://www.marcburckhardt.com)

Favorite hair style?

A messy bun. It’s easy.

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Win a Julz Nally Print on Plywerk

Post a comment about Julz's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of her awesome images on our 3/4″ bamboo Plywerk! We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early August to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.


20 thoughts on “July Featured Artist - Julz Nally”

  • Theresa tran

    Super kudos to plywerk for spreading the joy and light of Julz Nally's art. And the interview is awesome for sharing her personal oomph! Ooh yeah

  • Rich Hopkins

    Julz is one of the sweetest and most adventuresome gals I know. What a terrific time she and my nephew Brian, showed me while I visited them some years ago. Since then I've enjoyed watching as her style grew and matured over the years. Her evolution as an artist has been so much fun to watch - sassy! The music of her spirit flows onto the canvas in a unique and intriguing way, to be played to the delight of the viewer. I believe she'll have more than 100 days of joy to share.

    • julz nally

      That was one of the best hikes I've enjoyed in the gorge Rich. The way you live your life is such an inspiration for us here! Thank you for your very kind words and your encouragement throughout this beautiful journey in life. You will definitely be seeing more in the coming months!!

  • Stephani Vernon
    Stephani Vernon July 10, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Such a fun artist! I love all of the vibrant colors that Julz uses in her work!

  • Don Nally

    We are thrilled to have Julie as our Daughter-in-law. We like her zest for life and we really love the way she is raising our 5 year old granddaughter.

  • Shannon McLaren
    Shannon McLaren July 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Love Julz' spirit and her art. Her daughter's a lucky little girl to be able to share in the joy of everyday

  • Monica

    I read the interview looking for
    a bit of artistic inspiration, and ended up with a recipe for nasturtium pesto (in addition to inspiration :)!! Super excited to pass the recipe and the fun illustrations on to my mother. She's made every type of pesto imaginable, bit this is a new one! Thanks Julz & Plywerk- mom Julie will be inspired just like
    I was. Whimsy away...

  • Cara Sturm

    I absolutely love Julz' creations! She is extremely creative and loves to add vibrant colors to her art pieces. I am a life long fan!

  • Tammi Draper

    I'm lucky to have met Julz through our children. I'm so grateful and thankful that she shares her talent with all of us. I love her work - it always brightens my day!

  • Kevin

    Love all the bright colors in her work! Totally could brighten up a dimly light room all on its own.

  • Sandy Setliff Johnson....one proud momma
    Sandy Setliff Johnson....one proud momma July 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    So very proud of my amazingly talented daughter! Her beautiful work and your wonderful frames is a win, win situation...great in any home, office or given as an awesome gift!

  • Noreen

    I love the seed packets. It makes me wish I had a burgerville close buy to take my kids just for the seeds.

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