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 several plein air
competitions, including the last three years of Camp Hill Plein Air where she won several awards. Her painting “Riverbend” won the Purchase Award for Camp Hill Plein air 2012 and is now part of the collection of the Fredrickson Library. In the 2011 Plein Air competition she won First Place in the Quick Draw Event. That same year her painting “Irises” was accepted into Pennsylvania’s Art of the State Exhibit.