Julia K. Jaakola, earned a B.F.A. degree in Illustration, 1989, from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Julia’s passion to protect our natural environment grew, and called her to teach. Jaakola earned a B.S. degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Education, grades 1-8, from Bemidji State University, 2003. Jaakola bridged her two degrees to retain an Art Education license, for students grades 1-12, 2008. Julia discovered plein’ air painting, 2014, and eventually transitioned out of the public classroom, and into “God’s studio, our natural environment.” In 2021, Julia received a grant, West End Flourish, Cloquet, MN, to lead plein air paint outs on the Mississippi River which included researched testimony of how the river was relied upon by the Lake Superior Ojibwe and other passed inhabitants of the land, as a prompt to create, plein air works of art. The layering of time embodies a fascinating tapestry that bodes questions, such as, “What happened here? What is happening, and is This Place cherished?”
Julia Jaakola, Watercolor Artist, enjoys travel in the summer to paint outside, and is a member of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and a Signature Status member of the Minnesota Watercolor Society.