Eisen-Lester’s work is inspired by her love of travel. This can include trips to Europe, or just walks down to the train station near her Yonkers home, fascinated by the ordinary things in life that we take for granted. The subjects may be old trucks, or water tanks, people waiting for a bus, taking a lunch break outside or singing in a doorway for money. Her most recent work, studies the way people use outdoor spaces for their own personal uses. She is interested in the intimacy and behaviors of people in public. Eisen-Lester portrays these moments on the street by painting them vibrantly, with immediacy. This offers the viewer a glimpse into the world that inspires her.
Julia Eisen-Lester began her journey as an artist at the Art Student’s League in the fall of 1969. Here, she studied the Nicolaides method of drawing with Lester Rondell and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale. She remained at the League for over four years studying as a full time student. Shortly after, attending the New School, where she took classes in clay sculpture and anthropology.
Throughout her art career she has worked in a variety of media. Her portfolio includes works rendered in graphite, pastel, gouache, watercolor, oil paint and collage. Eisen-Lester's most recent works are in oil, concentrating on urban life.
She has been painting and teaching out of her Yonkers studio for the last 25 years.