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Julia Lesnichy was born in Leningrad (now known as St. Petersburg) and raised in Moscow. As a child, Lesnichy was a diligent student and focused all of her attention on science, foreign languages, and music. At one point, she even considered pursuing a career in music. By the age of five, she had been introduced to the world of gouache and color mixing, and by seven, she was painting animals from photographs. Unfortunately, her parents paid little attention to her artistic endeavors. It wasn’t until she was twenty-six that she realized she wanted to be an artist. While living in Russia, she developed her own technique in oil pastels and created about 200 pieces, many of which are in private galleries. In 2010, Lesnichy moved to the United States with her family and settled down in Crozet, VA.
In 2012, Lesnichy received her first award for pastels and won ten more in the following four years, including two honorable mentions in Pastel magazine’s 100 Competitions, and was a finalist in Artist’s Magazine 33rd competition in 2016. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America, the Midatlantic Pastel Society, the Northwestern Pastel Society, and the Southeastern Pastel Society. Among her awards are a Joyce Kelly Award from Degas Pastel Society, an Honorable mention in Landscape & Interior, first place in a Virginia Pastel Society-juried show in 2014, Honorable mention in a Pastel Society of Virginia-juried show in 2015, a Bill McEnroe award, and a Signature Membership in the Northwestern Pastel Society.
Lesnichy’s studio is located in Crozet, VA, where she often finishes her plein air paintings. She has always been a patient and dedicated student of nature. She is very aware of the spirit of the place she paints and her emotional approach is reflected in her pieces.