Artist's Statement

My best paintings tend to happen when I’m outside and come upon an involving scene—trees leaning together for solace, reeds clustered in conversation. Robert Henri wrote that art happens out of a certain state of mind, and the brilliant colors and graceful gestures in nature put me in the right state of mind to paint.


I paint in natural areas near my home north of Baltimore, Maryland.

Nice people have written that I have "a flair for simplifying form and color in order to capture the essence of a scene" and “an eye for the underlying beauty of landscapes that most of us would overlook” in “places that are unspectacular, often in areas where development encroaches on nature.” They've said my work is “like Nature itself. Alive. So full of movement, always changing and evolving.”

I have a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown, an MA in English from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. I've taken courses at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. I show my work in Maryland and nearby states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and North Carolina.


Solo Exhibitions

Four Seasons, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD, 2016

Sundry Moods, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD, 2013

Found Accident, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD, 2012

In Nature, William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ, 2012

Spirit of Place, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD, 2008

Bendann Art Gallery, Lutherville, MD, 2008

New Works, Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD, 2007

Plein Air Landscapes, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD, 2005

Land and Sky, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, MD, 2004

Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, MD, 2004

The Ward Center for the Arts, St. Paul’s Schools, Brooklandville, MD, 2001–2002

Group Exhibitions

By Invitation Only, RiverArts Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2016

Art Outside, Baltimore, MD, 2014

Art Outside, Baltimore, MD, 2013

Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ, 2013

Winter Group Show, Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, DE, 2010

Anniversary Exhibition 149, Bendann Art Gallery, Lutherville, MD, 2008

Two Sisters, Arts at 510 Gallery, Harrisburg, PA, 2008

Winter Group Show, Bendann Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2007

Adkins Arboretum 2004 Art Competition, Ridgely, MD, 2004

Maryland Federation of Art Winter Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, 2004

Maryland Federation of Art All Hung Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2004

Pawtuxent Art League Winter Juried Exhibition, Laurel, MD, 2003

Small Works, York Arts Gallery, York, PA, 2003-2004

Adkins Arboretum 2003 Art Competition, Ridgely, MD, 2003

School 33 Open Studio Tour, Baltimore, MD, 2003

Winter Group Show, Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE, 2003

Small Works, York Arts Gallery, York, PA, 2002-2003

Rites of Spring, 16 Patton, Asheville, NC, 2002

Small Works, York Arts Gallery, York, PA, 2001–2002

The City of Gaithersburg Visual Arts Exhibitions, Gaithersburg, MD, 2001

Artscape, Baltimore, MD, 2001

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, Mount Gretna, PA, 2001

Awards and Honors

Featured Artist at Oak Creek Printworks, 2013

Honorable Mention, Maryland Federation of Art Winter Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, 2004


St. Paul’s Schools, Brooklandville, MD

Numerous private collections

Art Instruction

Adjunct Instructor, Community College of Baltimore County, 2014


Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD: coursework in oil painting

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: coursework in drawing, watercolor, and oil

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1998: M.A. in English

College of Notre Dame of MD, Baltimore, MD, 1997: M.A. in Teaching

Brown University, Providence, RI, 1989: B.A. with honors in Modern Culture and Media


McCoy, Mary. "Plein Air Oil Paintings by Julia Sutliff at Adkins Through September," Chestertown Spy, August 6, 2016

McCoy, Mary. "Found Accident, Landscape Paintings by Julia Sutliff on View at Adkins Arboretum," Chestertown Spy, August 1, 2012

McCoy, Mary. “Spirit of Place by Julia Sutliff on View at Adkins Arboretum,” Shore Update, October 3, 2008

“Arboretum Exhibit Features Landscapes by Plein Air Painter,” The Bay Times, October 26, 2005