Julia Caroline Youngblood (b.1980) grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna cum Laude. Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Youngblood completed her 200 hour RYT training at Shrimath Yoga (Bihar School) near Bangalore, India. She is also a Usui/ Holy Fire iii Reiki Master Teacher, a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Animal Reiki Master, and a Professional Member of the International Center for Reiki Training.
Youngblood has teaching experience as instructor of record for beginning watercolor and teaching assistant in numerous courses at the college level. She has also taught Usui/ Holy Fire iii Reiki I and II and Master Level. She completed a residency at Centre d’Art, Marnay sur Seine, France (CAMAC), funded by an Artist’s Career Advancement Grant awarded by Louisiana Division of the Arts. She recently was awarded her second Artist Career Advancement Grant to fund, "Riverton, 1937: Part Two", a multi-media installation which premiered at the 2015 North Delta Food and Wine Festival (Monroe, Louisiana).
Caroline has served as Louisiana Public Broadcasting's 2019 and 2020 Louisiana Legends Portrait Artist. Her work was featured in the LPB's "North Delta Ramble" and “ArtRocks!”. Caroline's "Scenes from Riverton, 1937"(2012), "Louisiana Oyster"(2015), and "Carrie Jo Eating Fried Chicken with Group Seated in front of Cotton Field" (2017) have been featured at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans as part of the "Louisiana Contemporary" exhibit. She has frequently been a participant in The Art Melt, a state-wide juried competition in Baton Rouge at The Louisiana State Museum.
Caroline is the sole proprietor of J.Caroline Youngblood Fine Art, LLC. She has been working as a professional artist since 1998, while attending art school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Upon completion of her Master of Fine Arts, she has been devoted full time to creating a business through her talent with studio and galleries in Monroe, Louisiana, and other representation across the southern United States.