Originally determined to be a veterinarian, I developed a neurological condition while in college that resulted in multiple brain surgeries, and made the physical demands of veterinary work nearly impossible. The combination of having studied veterinary medicine, as well as living with a rare neurological condition has informed my interest in illustrating nature and science, and so much more.

I aim to inspire and educate others about the captivating world around us: whether adorable kittens or the anatomy of a parasite that might live within the kittens. I utilize vibrant colors and a blend of realism and stylization to capture a detailed and accurate depiction of a subject while utilizing creative license and artistic sensibility. Though my specialty is working in colored pencil, watercolor, and ink, I'm also well versed in digital art and other mediums.

I'm a Renaissance woman and have worked with a variety of clients on diverse projects including:
- Editorial illustration
- Children's literature illustration
- Poster design
- Conceptual illustration
- Technical illustration
- Tattoos
- Pet Portraits
- Custom hand-painted needlepoint canvases
- Logo and brand development
- Print publication layout
- And More!
Having a versatile skill set makes me a more well-rounded artist who's capable of adapting and problem solving.

When I'm not creating art, I enjoy exploring the landscape of Colorado with my husband Peter; collecting flowers, gems, feathers, bones, and remnants for my curio of scientific reference and inspiration. I actively volunteer for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in their zoology laboratory where I dissect and preserve specimens for environmental research studies and the museum's collections. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in December 2017.
What you can expect when working with me:
*Colorful, bold, and thoughtfully designed images*
*Stellar communication throughout the whole process*
*Careful attention to detail*
*Quick turnaround times*
Download a copy of my CV here: Julie Kitzes CV
Companies I have worked with:
"I commissioned Julie to do a colored pencil on wood as a Christmas present for my sister. She was careful to consider exactly what I asked for, while also making some suggestions to enhance the image. I was consistently getting updates and check-ins to make sure I was happy with the direction it was heading in. Most importantly, my sister loved it even more than I imagined she would. Julie was friendly, easy to work with and delivered a great product!" - Samantha P.
"I had the pleasure of working with Julie through 40 West Arts District for the 4th issue of our magazine, West Colfax Lately. She was creative, prompt, professional and easy to work with. She understood the project and our desires but also used her own sense of creativity and critical thinking to come up with a perfect illustration for our magazine. We would use her again in a heartbeat!" - Liz B.
"Her logo design was on point and very fast! Can't imagine a better artist or service." - Chris G.

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