About Artist Julianne Ricksecker

Evoking the wonder of nature on paper

Julianne B. Ricksecker portrays realistic landscape imagery in pastel, monotype, intaglio printmaking (etching and collagraph), and watercolor painting. Art by Julianne has been exhibited arounnd the world. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the Oceanside Museum of Art Artists Alliance.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms Ricksecker lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Newport, Rhode Island, Rouen, France and Yokosuka, Japan before settling in San Diego.  She has won numerous awards for her etchings and her pastels, including 2nd place award at the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Connecticut and The René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking Public Prize Award, Brussels, Belgium.

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Etching of the view of yosemite valley's iconic features, el capitan, bridalveil falls and half dome, under a cloudy sky, with green tree covered valley in the foreground
Yosemite Valley View, etching


Soft pastel painting of sandstone bluff overlooking the rocky beach in pallate of oranges and browns against a deep blue sky
North Bluff, soft pastel

Artist’s statement

Inspired and delighted by the beauty of landscape, I try to express the awe and wonder I feel through a variety of media on paper.  I am fascinated with the effects of light on the colors and textures of the landscape, and with the rhythms and patterns of the shapes therein.   I hope to evoke in the viewer some of the pleasure, peace and joy I feel when experiencing and contemplating our natural world in the form of the landscape, and to inspire the desire to protect our precious open and wild spaces for the generations to come.”


Ricksecker’s primary expression is landscape. Her meanderings to seek inspiration from the land have taken her to national parks such as Zion, Yosemite, and Glacier. She has depicted California scenes of Big Sur, Cuyamaca mountain , Torrey Pines and the Anza Borrego Desert State Parks. Her medium selection depends on the particular inspiration and her work ranges in size from miniature prints at 2” x 2” to full sheet watercolor at 22” x 30”. While she occasionally paints “en plein air”, she is more likely to bring home inspiration in the form of sketches and photographs taken on hikes and during road trips. At home in the studio, she uses these images to create her works of art.

Julianne supports the PAINT THE PARKS vision; 5% of the proceeds from artwork sold from this website will be donated to non-profit park Associations, Foundations, or to park-related programs associated with the park from which the inspiration was drawn to help protect and preserve these important places for future generations. Visit Julianne’s PAINT THE PARKS page for more information.

etching of misty scene looking through pine trees to rivery in the canyon below
Morning Mist, etching
image of sandstone cliffs in yellows tans and browns with iconic flat topped rock in the shallows againds a deep blue sky
Torrey Pines State Beach, monotype

Select exhibitions

Her work has recently appeared in:
The International Print Biennial, Douro, Portugal;
the Miniprint de Cadaqués, Barcelona, Spain;
“Uneditioned”, International Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY;
“Pressed and Waxed”, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY;
“The Spirit of Pastel” International Exhibition, Pastel Artists of Oregon;
“Make Your Mark”, International Open Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Southern CA;
2022 Artist Alliance Biennial Exhibition, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA
National Open Juried Show, Pastel Society of San Diego;
René Carcan International Grand Prize in Printmaking, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels, Belgium