Julia Ayres is the author of two books on printmaking techniques. “Monotype Mediums and Methods of Painterly Printmaking” pub. by Watson Guptill in 1990 was reissued in paperback in 2000. ”Printmaking Techniques” followed in 1993. Ayres also wrote numerous articles for “Watercolor” , “American Artist” and other similar professional magazines.
Her work is included in private, corporate and public collections. These include Unical, Marriot, Home Savings and Loan and Toyota. She received the Winsor Newton Award at a National Watercolor Society exhibit.
Gail Ayres ,her daughter, joined her in teaching workshops nationwide between 1996 and 2008. They also held classes in their printmaking studio. Creative Catalyst Production produced a DVD that shows the Ayres’ most recent methods of working. Gail is employed as a dietician for the United States Veterans Administration. Both artists continue to explore printmaking possibilities.
Julia Ayres and her engineer inventor husband David were married 56 years when he died in 2009. She continues to maintain their small ranch in Eastern Oklahoma. There are four children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Ayres enjoys traveling. The images she experiences are incorporated into her art.
The Oklahoma State Capitol North Gallery exhibit “Julia Ayres Prints” runs from April 23 through June 24 2012. She considers this a perfect highlight to occur in her 80th year. Her son Robert will host a small reception in the gallery April 22 from 2-4 in the afternoon.
Further biographies of Ayres appear in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.