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Old man ("Please, I'd rather be called antique," he would say) gazing toward the sunset, highlighted by the last light of the day, on rocky hillside, with younger man climbing ahead. À la poupée etching.

8" x 10"

Julianne Ricksecker

Ricksecker has been a printmaker exhibiting regularly in San Diego for over 44 years. While she also works in pastel and watercolor, she is best known for her work in various techniques of original printmaking. She works most frequently in á la poupée color etching, a relatively rare practice among artists today. Julianne’s color etching process renders sumptuous color with unusual depth and richness for metal plate printmaking.

Another favorite technique is monotype, or one of a kind prints. She has developed a monotype technique, using water-soluble oil-based paint on plexiglass to render intriguing one-of-a-kind “painterly prints”, transferred to paper on the etching press or by rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. You’ll find her demonstrating this process at local events where use of an etching press is not a viable option.

Ricksecker loves rendering the landscape. Her meanderings to seek inspiration from the land have taken her to many of the US national parks, such as Zion, Yosemite, and Glacier. She has depicted California scenes of Big Sur, the Cuyamacas, Torrey Pines, and the Anza Borrego Desert. Her medium changes depending on the particular inspiration and her work ranges in size from miniature prints, at 4 square inches to full size watercolor at 22” x 30”. While she occasionally paints “en plein air”, she is more likely to bring home inspiration in the form of hundreds of photographs taken on hikes and during road trips. At home in the studio, she uses these reference images to create her works of art.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Julianne Ricksecker lived in New Mexico and Rhode Island, Rouen, France and Yokosuka, Japan before settling in San Diego. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Universite de Rouen, the University of New Mexico, and the San Diego Acadamy of Fine Arts.

Julianne has exhibited in local, regional, national and international exhibitions. She has won numerous awards for her etchings and her pastels including 2nd place at the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. In 2017, her work has been included in the Global Print Exhibition in Douro, Portugal, the Miniprint de Cadaqués, in Barcelona, Spain, and “One Foot in the River” at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN, as well as numerous group exhibitions in San Diego, CA. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, the Pastel Society of Southern California, Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance and ADOGI.

You can view her work at the SmartSpace Gallery in San Diego and Vista, and other venues from time to time. Sign up for her personal newsletter to receive information about new work and upcoming exhibits.

Birthdate: 07/06/1950

Nationality: United States

  • Redwood Club, San Diego, CA 2022
  • San Carlos Library Featured Artist, 2023
  • Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, Vista CA 2014
  • University Club of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ 2012
  • Numerous competetive exhibitions, 1978-2017


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