Julie Eliason

Julie Joelle Eliason

I started out my photography career as the family shutterbug after receiving my first camera for my eighth birthday. Over the years I photographed family and friends at every opportunity, eventually expanding my photography focus to landscapes, wildlife, travel, and fine art images.  I was very fortunate that my career as a marine biologist and wildlife biologist allowed me to photograph wildlife and natural environments in many unique and isolated areas. Over the years, I furthered my photography knowledge by enrolling in numerous photography classes and workshops, studying under many masters including  John Sexton, George Lepp, Rick Sammon, Fay Sirkis, and many more.   I experienced a great of deal of joy every time I went out to shoot photographs, which led me to start a part-time photography business in California. There I exhibited my photographs in galleries, had entries in several juried photography exhibits, and had several of my photographs published in books and magazines.

After a career of preserving and protecting endangered wildlife species and fragile ecosystems on the mainland, I moved to Hawaii in 2009.  It was then that I decided to lay aside my biologist hat to pursue my passion of photography full-time.  This has been an exciting life change for me, as I am now able to devote all of my time to documenting moments in time with my camera.  My landscape, nature, and fine art images are currently on display in several Hawaiian galleries. I try to capture the emotions that the Hawaiian scenery evokes in me, and use a palette of colors and textures to interpret my images.  I often incorporate a painterly style in my images such that the outcome is more like a painting rather than a photograph.  One of my favorite methods to design a unique work of art is to create an artistic montage that blends separate elements together into a single image.  I try to capture the design of nature and display it to viewers so that they gain an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of the natural environment.