Whatever subject Julia Lesnichy investigates she often finds herself inspired by fast changing light and color in nature. She is captivated by the colors shes sees depending on the time of the day and season and resorts to oils and pastels to capture these fleeting moments. She often finishes her plein air paintings in her studio in Crozet, which is located in the quiet rural area in Virginia.
Only in 1998 Julia began taking private classes in drawing and oil painting in Russia.
In 1999 Julia moved to Charlottesville with the family. While her husband studied law at the UVA she took private classes in pastel and watercolor.
In 2001 she was lucky to take a workshop with Lois Griffel, a nationally recognized plein air painter and instructor, who opened up a world of color for Julia. The experience she had during the workshop would forever guide her as a painter.
In 2010 Julia moved to the USA from Moscow, Russia with the family and settled down in Crozet in Virginia. Though Julia had taken up pastel as a medium before she returned to it again in 2011. She realized she could apply pastels boldly with swift painterly strokes creating layers of colors. Julia received her first award in pastels in 2012 and 20 more in the following 6 years, including two Honorable mentions in Pastel magazine 100 competitions and a Finalist in Artist's magazine 33rd competition in 2016. She is a member of American impressionist society, Pastel Society of America, Midatlantic pastel society, Northwestern pastel society(Signature member) and Southeastern pastel society (Member of Excellence).