Julie grew up on a dairy farm on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire boarder and loved the open spaces and skies of the countryside. After art school and a number of years working as an interior designer for commercial spaces in various cities around the world, she changed direction in the 90’s and started to paint as an independent artist.
Julie moved to Lyme Regis, Dorset on the UNESCO Jurassic Coast and opened Blue Lias Gallery to sell her paintings, alongside work by other regional artists. In 2003 she sold the gallery and became a full time artist, allowing time to focus on her art and pioneer new techniques in painting.
Julie specialise in skies and landscapes. Inspirations have come from her rural childhood, life on the Jurassic Coast and numerous extended travel periods exploring 6 continents, encountering astonishing landscapes and cultures. She makes sketches and takes photos to capture moments, which can be used later to develop ideas.
The techniques she uses have gone through a number of developmental phases over the years. She started with canvass and became interested in using various textural materials, site-specific earth materials, natural weathering, dipping works into the sea, pastels and spray paints to produce the effects she wanted.
The process of weathering and slow change drew her to experiment with metal sheets and the effects of chemistry, heat and weathering to create patination foundations that she could then develop with traditional art materials. She has been refining her techniques and uses different metals for different effects.
Julie’s garden is her studio. Her tools are bonfires, various acids and alkalis, grinders, scrapers, brushes, pastels, sprays and natural weathering. Work can be left in her garden to develop for weeks or months, opening up surface possibilities.
Working with science and nature in this way often gives unexpected results, especially with the uneven heat of fires and exposure time, challenging her as an artist to create her work. Every painting is therefore very individual and hard to reproduce.
Julie says, “I love making a living this way and it has been great to be recognised and appreciated by artist peers, with my work shown at the annual open exhibitions of the Bath Society of Artists (2019), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (2017) and for 4 consecutive years with the Society of Women Artists (2017-20) at the Mall Galleries, London.
I am happy to talk with clients about commissioned work to compliment a space they have in mind.”