Julie Betts Testwuide, an award winning photographer and artist for over three decades, captures stunning images of horses, wildlife and landscapes around the world. Using her "astute photographer’s eye and intuitive painter’s vision," she creates large, dramatic masterpieces framed in reclaimed barn wood. The beautiful hand finished wood framing makes it feel as though the horses are surrounded by the natural materials - the barn or forests - in which these magnificent animals reside.
Born and educated in the Midwest, Julie studied photography, completing her Master's degree at UW-Madison. In 1981, she began an illustrious career photographing major sporting events and assignments for large corporations and publications in New York City. From the top of the Verrazano Bridge at the NYC Marathons to photo shoots of celebrities, corporate executives, factory workers and athletes on assignments around the country, she honed her technical skills in the field and in the darkroom.
Testwuide’s latest photographs celebrate the strength, line, power, beauty, and essence of the horse, using natural light and muted backgrounds that draw the viewer close to the animal that she adores. Julie’s clients often ask when they view her work, “Is it a photograph or a painting?” Aiming for a dreamy, ethereal look in her work, Julie was described in the New York Times, "Testwuide uses several techniques that make her photographs look like paintings by Monet or Pissarro.”
Julie uses her tools to create limited edition prints in very large, commanding sizes. Her latest body of work includes horses from around the world as well as in her own backyard, where she owns Icelandic horses. A passionate horse lover, Julie has the talent to capture equine beauty and spirit in dramatic light, finding their curved lines and expressing their power and sensuality. Her beach landscapes that include a lone horse in the sand and water, are evocative of places where you have been or desire to go to. She creates scenes that are inviting landscapes, which are timeless and focus on simple beauty.
Julie Betts Testwuide has exhibited her artwork in galleries worldwide and is included in many private and public collections.
Julie and her husband have 3 adult children and reside on a small horse farm in Katonah, NY.