About the Artist

Turning her back on a glamorous and lucrative academic career in favor of a life of rock-climbing, telemark skiing and fly fishing, Julie Sprinkle has, instead, concentrated on finding the beauty in small and overlooked corners of the expansive, Western landscape.  Taking advantage of her considerable nearsightedness, she has sought the infinite in the infinitesimal, leading to a life-long devotion to calligraphy, tatting and other fine fiber arts (including lace knitting and fly tying) as well as to certification in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Julie is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, with whom she has regularly participated in shows since 2004.  At the 2008 RMSBA exhibit “Botanical Realism -- Science Informs Art” at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado, she received the Curator’s Choice Award for her carbon and graphite work “Ecce Euphorbiam,” included in the “Blackwork” section of this site.

Among Julie’s favorite subjects are branches supplied by her arborist husband;  vegetables from their own, extensive gardens;  dried leaves and twigs;  and invasive, noxious weeds.  She is working on uniting several interests in a series of drawings of fishing flies in their natural habitat:  tangled in the branches of streamside vegetation.  Her work is featured in collections in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Japan.

        Julie was born in El Paso and raised all over Texas.  Having studied and worked extensively in Europe, she has (at one time or another) spoken Spanish, German and French fluently and still reads Latin pretty well, which comes in handy with those pesky botanical names.  She received two B.A.s (in Spanish, German and International Affairs) from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1986;  and a Ph.D. in Medieval German Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1991.  She has made her home in Colorado Springs for well over a decade with her husband, Jeff Cooper, and their very fetching Springer Spaniel, Winston.
 

Current Exhibits/Shows

 
 
Pikes Peak Studio Tour Preview 2013
Venue 515
515 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Friday, 15. November, 2013
4:00-9:00 pm

Front Range Fiber Artisans Annual Sale 2013
MacKenzie Place
1605 Elm Creek View
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Saturday, 16. November, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, 17. November, 12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale 2013
Worner Campus Center
902 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friday, 6. December, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 7. December, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 8. December, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
 
     
   

Julie also teaches...

 tatting at Green Valley Weavers and Knitters, as well as ‘Tatting for Everyone’ and ‘Further Adventures in Knitting’ at the Colorado Springs Senior Center.

     
       

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Artist’s Statement Turning her back on a glamorous and lucrative academic career in favor of a life of rock climbing, telemark skiing and fly fishing, Julie has, instead, concentrated on finding the beauty in small and overlooked corners of the expansive Western landscape. Taking advantage of her extreme near-sightedness, she has sought the infinite in the infinitesimal, leading to a life-long devotion to calligraphy, tatting and other fine fiber arts (including fly-tying), and -- most recently -- to certification in Botanical Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens, where she has regularly participated in shows since 2002. Among her favorite subjects are branches supplied by her arborist husband; vegetables from their own extensive gardens; dried leaves and twigs; and invasive, noxious weeds. She is working on uniting her interests in a series of drawings of fishing flies in their natural habitat: tangled in the branches of streamside vegetation. Julie was born in El Paso and raised all over Texas, studied and worked extensively in Europe, and now makes her home in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband Jeff Cooper and her Springer Spaniel puppy, Winston. She received two B.A.s -- in Spanish, German and International Affairs -- from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Medieval German literature from Georgetown University in 1991.