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Julianna Paradisi

My paintings explore life from a narrative perspective, blurring the lines between abstraction and representation. I’m interested in 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:

Playground Gallery

Portland, Oregon

Reviewer for The American Journal of Nursing Art of Nursing

Published Short Stories

May 2009 Icarus Again, in the anthology New Lives: Nurses’ Stories about Caring for Babies, editor Kathleen Huggins, Kaplan Press, New York, NY


May 2009 Voyagers, in the anthology New Lives: Nurses’ Stories about Caring for Babies, editor Kathleen Huggins, Kaplan Press, New York, NY



Group Exhibitions (selected)

2023 August Little Things, Big Thoughts, Playground Gallery Group Exhibition, Lolo Pass, Portland, Oregon

2023 June-July 45 x 45 Group Exhibition, Visual Art Center, Newport, Oregon

2023 April Surreal Soiree, Cascade Art Project (CAP) Art Auction. Live event April 1 at the Hyatt Regency, Portland, Oregon

2023 March 25-April 15 In Her Eyes, Women's History Month exhibition sponsored by the Oldtown Chinatown Association, and funded by a grant from RACC, Portland, Oregon

2022 July 9 through July 17 Home exhibition. Playground Gallery, 1231 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, Oregon

2022 April 9 Artbundance CAP+ Our House auction, Portland, Oregon


2021 December 4-12 Harvest 

Oregon Chinese Artist Association, Portland, Oregon

2021 September-October Here and Now, Playground Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artist talk presentation Oct. 3 

2021 Artists on Rotation

May 21-October 9

Ford Gallery of Art, Portland, Oregon 

2021 March True Home: Members Show

Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon

2020 September Overlaid: New Members Show, Gallery 114


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

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

Published Images (selected)


2021 Subjectiv Journal Spring Issue, 5 resin and mixed media images, pages 86-90


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


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

 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

Associate Degree, Registered Nurse, Los Angeles Harbor Community College, 1987

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