Julie is a fine artist, based in North Cambridgeshire UK, with over ten years’ professional experience. Much of her work focuses on strong drawing and the importance of looking. She works in a variety of media including Graphite, Charcoal, Pen and Ink, Collage and Lino cuts. Over time her work has developed to include a focus on Natural History and the Landscape and a mind to the human impact on the environment. It has been said that Julie’s work displays ‘Sensitivity to surroundings, detail and place.’ She works independently in her Garden studio and is also part of View 5, a Peterborough based group of professional artists working across a wide range of media. The challenge of producing work for the 35th Miniprint International gave a new focus to her work in 2015, enabling her to explore the possibilities of relaying an image in the small format of only 10x10cm. As well as the prints she has developed the idea to collage. Her work is held in private collections in the U.K., Europe, Australia and the USA.
‘A sensitivity to surroundings, detail and place.’
Both the inherent regularity of nature and the irregularity imposed upon it by human impact informs my work.
I cannot express enough the importance of ‘Looking’ ; truly seeing the world around us and mentally or physically noting the observation in some representation of a connection with it. I choose drawing, an essential part of my nature, as a way of describing how I see the world.
I see the role of an artist to be a human lens, panning in and out, exploring the expanse and minutiae of our environment to, metaphorically, give back to others.
Seeing a landscape in a small rock or a Fibonacci Spiral in a seed head and developing it into something large or condensing a vast landscape into a 10 x 10 cm work comes from the same place. Hence I wish the impact of my work to be multi dimensional to the viewer. Seen as a representation of a landscape from on a distance but on approach noting the detail of the many materials used; text from poetry, music notations, found and handmade papers and fragments or found objects from the land. Each piece becoming not only a metaphor of the importance of observation but also a fragment of the land, emotion or thought.
Every piece begins with a sketchbook drawing and essentially ‘Drawing’ is what it continues to be about whichever medium I choose; collage, printmaking - or a mixture of the two – to develop the idea and set in motion a sense of renewal and continuation.
The serendipity of a torn piece of paper or tree bark corresponding exactly to a mark made in a drawing is as precious to me as noticing how rocks or pebbles have grouped together on a beach or mountain or the historic or man-made line within the landscape.
Julie works in her garden studio from drawings and found objects she makes and finds whilst walking in the landscape.
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