Julia is an abstract artist, interpreting landscape and emotion through bold intuitive painting. Originally from Wakefield, Julia completed her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of East London, before returning to her roots in Yorkshire.
She has always felt a strong personal connection with nature, and this for many years has been the main source of inspiration for her work. However recently, this ‘external’ reference point has taken on less significance in Julia’s work, as her urge to focus on ‘process’ and use paint to express her ‘internal’ world, has taken over.
Landscape often still appears as an recognisable ‘theme’ in Julia’s work, though her spontaneous approach in the studio frequently leads to more fluid and abstract compositions, where self-expression dominates and something ‘unexpected’ emerges.
This process of ‘letting go’ and embracing the unknown, is what excites Julia most in her current practice. Each painting brings something new. Mainly working in oils on canvas or board, Julia is passionate about colour and enjoys experimenting with different techniques and mediums to create exciting textures and surfaces, into which she will draw, scrape and scratch, whilst applying energetic brushstrokes of vibrant colour.
After spending some years raising a family, Julia now dedicates the majority of her time to painting and in the last few years she has exhibited widely in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Recent shows have included The Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral, 2015, Harrogate Open Exhibition at the Mercer Gallery, 2015 and Platform Open at Morphets, Harrogate, 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she was delighted to be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for her work in The Harrogate Open.
Julia lives in Harrogate, where she practices from her studio.
Unframed original paintings on paper are also available in various sizes. From £50 – £120.