Julia Clift received her BFA in Painting and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and she studied under the painter Odd Nerdrum in both Norway and France. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous locations, including Arnot Art Museum, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Wythe Hotel, and the Green Hill Center for Contemporary Art. She currently teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Jefferson University. She lives and works in the Philadelphia area.

The Plein Air series featured in The 500 Project are small works painted outdoors in single sessions, lasting several hours at most. Embracing concision, the paintings crystallize Clift’s emotional experiences of the natural world.

Untitled (#20)


Year: 2015 Height: 5.75" Width: 3.75" Medium: Oil on canvas

Untitled (#19)


Year: 2015 Height: 3.75" Width: 5" Medium: Oil on canvas

Untitled (#10)


Year: 2014 Height: 3.625" Width: 5.875" Medium: Oil on canvas

Marsh of My Dreams III


Year: 2014 Height: 4.75" Width: 6.75" Medium: Oil on canvas

Marsh of my Dreams II


Year: 2014 Height: 4.625" Width: 6.875" Medium: Oil on canvas