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Artist's watercolors for sale in Forest Grove

Pet portraits a specialty for Banks' Jullane Rich


NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Banks resident Jullane Rich will be selling her watercolors of animals and plants at Lindas Recreations in Forest Grove. When Jullane Rich cancelled her trip to Africa for a getaway to Hawaii with her mom and sister, she never thought she’d discover the passion she’s embraced for the last 15 years.

Rich was headed to Africa to explore one of her first loves — animals. But on her two-week Hawaiian diversion, she started photographing the flora and fauna of the islands, and tried her hand at painting. Soon, she was hooked.

She’s been painting ever since, dedicating a few hours a day most days of the week to her watercolors at her Banks home where she lives with her husband, Gregory, and their West Highland White Terriers.

Rich started out teaching herself, but has taken classes and participated in workshops through the years to hone her techniques. She describes herself as a detailed watercolorist, not a “free-flowing one.”

“Watercolor can be forgiving, but it can be miles behind the paintbrush,” she said.

Lately, she’s been painting boats, lures and coastal scenes to celebrate her husband’s love of fishing.

The Banks resident will be selling her work at Linda’s Recreations, 1840 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove. Her paintings brighten up the walls with colorful images of flowers, cacti, puppies and nautical scenes. Richs paintings are very detailed and usually bright.

Her work has been shown in Milton Gallery in Carlton, Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, Influence Music Hall in Hillsboro and in Portland’s Oregon Watercolor Society gallery.

Rich considers pet portraits one of her specialties. Often, she’ll paint deceased pets for families based on photographs. “It’s a way of healing after peoples’ pets pass away,” Rich said. “It’s a wonderful blessing for me to be able to do it for them.”

And while she never made it to Africa, Rich did buy a pass to the Oregon Zoo and visited the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore.

Contact her at 503-324-5141 or artbyjullane@gmail.com.

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