Julianna Paradisi

My paintings explore life from a narrative perspective, blurring the lines between abstraction and representation. I’m interested the psychological landscape and how narratives impact individual and community interactions with the sentient world. In this way, the paintings hold space for conversation, and diverse thought.

I began painting with mixed media cast in layers of resin to capture levels of light and depth beyond what can be achieved with oil paint. Some of the pieces are built-up 1/2 inch or more from the wood panel surface, creating free-formed edges that are sculptural in nature.


 I studied art at Pacific Northwest College of Art. My paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, and published nationally. I live in Portland, Oregon.

Gallery Representation:


Gallery 114
1100 NW Glisan Street 

Portland, OR. 97209


Solo Exhibitions

2014 August- February 1, 2019:  Works on Paper: Monotype Prints and Paintings, The Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, Oregon


2010 From Cradle to Grave: The Color White, the Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon 

2009 The Acorn Contains the Tree, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon


2006   Pacific Northwest College of Art Continuing Education Office, Portland, Oregon


2005  A Thousand Words or Less Portland City Hall, Portland, Oregon


2005 Paintings: Some Old and a Couple of New Ones Bridges Cafe & Catering, Portland, Oregon


2004 Greetings From Slabtown, Emanon Cafe, Portland, Oregon



Group Exhibitions (selected)


2020 Overlaid: New Members Show September 3 - 27, 2020, Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan Street 

Portland, Oregon


2020 With Bated Breath, Gallery 114 Portland,Oregon


2019- February 6, 2020 Myth and Magic, City of Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, Oregon


2018 Siren Nation Visual Art Show Portland 5 Centers for the Arts Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Portland, Oregon


2017 Artists, Healers, and Breast Cancer Survivors: A Window Into Their World Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland, Oregon

2011 Equine, the Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2010 Resonance, Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2009 Benefit Show,  Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon.


2009 Siren Nation: The Journey. Olympic Mills Commerce Center Portland, Oregon


2009 The Manor of Art, Milepost 5, Portland, Oregon


2009 One More Than Four, Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2009 Disability Rights Oregon Reception, Guest Speaker Kate Brown, Portland, Oregon


2009 The Chair Affair, benefit for Community Warehouse, Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2008 Memory is the Inhabitance of Absence, Goldsmith Blocks, Portland, Oregon


2008 The Chair Affair, benefit for Portland's Community Warehouse, The Art Institute of Portland, Oregon


2007  Boxlift Building Group Show  Portland, Oregon


2007  Tenth Annual Juried Show, City of Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, Oregon

2006 To Hold Within: Redefining The Container, Part I, Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington


2006 The Story of Social Injustice,  Belmont Street Fair, Portland, Oregon


2006 Annual Juried Exhibit, City of Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, Oregon.

2005 Annual Juried Show Talisman Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2004 Up Close in Pink, The Art Institute of Portland, Portland, Oregon


2004 Annual Juried Show, Gresham City Hall Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, Oregon.


2004 Fall For Hoyt, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon


2003 Up Close in Pink, YWCA, Portland, Oregon


Published Images (selected)


2015 Yazzie The American Journal of Nursing, Art of Nursing column, Volume 115 No. 4 (print and online version at ajnonline.com)


2013 Illustration for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center alumni magazine, Pulse, page 28


Fall 2011: Scrubs Magazine website , Vessels of Containment: Part I on ScrubsMag.com

 Five new paintings, published concurrently with the print version of

From Cradle to Grave: The Color White, Scrubs Magazine Expressions, Fall issue 2011page 48

2011 Mean Girls (First Communion II) The American Journal of Nursing, Art of Nursing, Volume 111, Issue 3 (online and print versions)


2009  Love You to Death, Cover of The American Journal of Nursing Volume 109, Issue 10 (online and print versions)


2009  Certificate of Fine Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

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