Julie received her art education at Colorado State University and the Colorado Institute of Art. Before her inspiration to depict the American West she utilized her natural ability to portray anatomy by pursuing a career as a leading fashion illustrator in Denver for 15 years. To experience the evocative images of Julie Kramer Cole is to experience magic. Her poetic visions delight the eye with their striking artistic style and clean, soft color palette. By capturing a moment in time her pastels fuse memory, imagination, and true stories along with a bridge to connect the oneness of human, land and animal.
Among Julie's treasured achievements are: Since 1988 two San Dimas,CA, AICA Festival of Western Arts Awards and six Gold Medals; the Denver Western Heritage Show Gold Medal; the first woman to have three limited edition prints in one year on USMagazine's Top 25 list; a member of the Colorado Institute of Art Hall of Fame; 2008 Peoples Choice Award and 2009 Artists Choice Award, Greeley Stampede; 2010 Master of the Media Award for pastels in Windsor, CO; 2015 Artists Choice Award, Windows to the West Show, Estes Park , CO. Her work is published by Cole Fine Art,Loveland ,CO , Leanin' Tree, Boulder, CO, and the Bradford Exchange, Chicago, IL.