Virginia's Blue Ridge is Open for Business!

Governor Northam has lifted mask mandates for fully-vaccinated individuals, except on public transit, in health care facilities, and in congregate settings. Businesses retain the ability to require masks in their establishments. Effective May 28, Virginia eased all distancing and capacity restrictions. Learn More >


Julie Rickmond

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I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I work full time as an Art Director for an advertising agency, but I have a passion for fine arts.In my free time I work with various mediums including pastels, oil and acrylic paint, colored pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, and graphic software to create paintings and drawings. I love studying the paintings of the Baroque masters but my subject matter ranges from still life to children's portraits. However, my favorite subject is undoubtedly animals, especially endangered species. I absolutely love working on artwork of animals and as an active volunteer at Mill Mountain Zoo, I try to take as many photos of the zoo animals for reference as possible. I hope to become increasingly active in both the conservation of these magnificent creatures as well as capturing their beauty in my artwork.