Kemper Design

About Julie Kemper

Julie Kemper, born and raised in Houston, Texas, took her first art class at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, when she was eight years old.


After graduating from the University of Texas, Austin, with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Literature, she lived in Washington, D.C., before returning to Houston, Texas. 

At age thirty-five she began sculpting with Pat Foley, an art instructor at The Kinkaid School, Houston, followed by David Parsons, a sculpting professor at Rice University, and later with Rose Van Vrankin, an internationally renowned sculptor.

She studied oil painting in workshops led by Joe Anna Arnett in Santa Fe and in Provence.  More recently she studied watercolor with Arthur Turner at the Glassel School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Julie taught Junior Great Books to at-risk children in Houston, had her poetry published in poetry magazines, and was one of eight writers in a PBS documentary "Life Stories."

Julie has lived in Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and New York City.  She and her husband Jim live in Houston, Texas, and are enthusiastic travelers.  Her Faces of India were inspired by a recent trip to  India.

She is working on a new sculpture of a child and watercolors influenced by nature.