Julie is a predominantly self taught, multi-media, UK Visual Artist. Born in Staffordshire, she now lives in Colchester, Essex with husband Sean and has two children, a dog and two cats!
"I have been drawing and painting all my life, starting with art at school and at home as a hobby. Life then got in the way and instead of going to art school, I took the sensible option and established a career in nursing. Then I was getting married and having a family and there was never much time for my art any longer...."
Up until lockdown in March 2020, Julie was working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Colchester, Clacton & Harwich Urgent Treatment Centres.
"I have taken art commissions for collectors as a side hustle for many years but always dreamed that one day I would give up the sensible job and follow my heart. For that very reason, Covid-19 has proved to be a bit of a blessing in disguise for me. As I have an auto immune condition, I was advised to isolate which then forced the issue of giving up nursing and I have been able to concentrate on my art business full-time from my home studio which has been fantastic."
A few years ago, Julie worked in television for the BBC as a Medical Advisor on two drama series: Holby City and Silent Witness.
"This is where I really began to get commissions for portraits, as the cast and crew would see me sketching on the back of scripts during long filming schedules.
I have had a passion for art since I was a small child. Having an artist uncle was a big influence. In fact many of my ancestors were artists too.
More recently, my move into abstraction started through a love of interior design and the desire for unique original artwork to compliment my own home decor."
Despite Julie's current focus being abstract and impressionist style paintings, she still welcomes portrait commissions, creating realist style graphite and pastel drawings of both people and animals.
"I love the challenges and rewards of all of the mediums I work within. I'm hugely inspired by nature and the world we live in. Music has a strong influence on my emotions which will also translate to my work. In my studio I paint what I love and what I see behind my closed eyes. Ideas will often manifest in my dreams!
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With lots of love and colour,