Continually learning, observing and absorbing; drawing energy from my particular surroundings to evoke a sense of place and contemplation is my aim.
Initially I draw in sketchbooks wherever I may be; beach, land or woodland, visually and literally notetaking, Plus although I do not work directly from photographs, the camera and digital manipulations of an image are becoming an increasingly more important aspect of my work. It enables me to study the minutae of nature and the usually unobserved, the structure of a seed head, the line and textures within a rock or pebble; looking deeper and deeper into the surface to discover the abstract.
Pimarily I choose collage to interpret my thoughts and drawings. It enable me to use a variety of media including recycled & handmade papers, water based inks & paints, charcoal & found objects.
Words are a vital part of the work though they are often hidden deep into the piece asking the viewer to look for them and the hidden meaning of what can initially appear to be a very quiet work. Inside it is shouting 'really look at me, I have so many stories to tell'.
It is a given that we draw on nature, how can we not? As humans we are nature, it is all around us, it feeds us physically, spiritually and emotionally. This then begs the question why are we, as humans, increasingly taking it for granted, ignoring it's vitality & destroying it & the climate by the overuse of man made materials, fossil fuels and unsustainable living. Finding ways to express this are of growing importance to me as time moves on. I intend that my work becomes an extension to my voice. However quiet they both may be in this world of sensory pollution.
CURRENT & FORTHCOMING
Julie, in all honesty, cannot remember a time when she did not draw, it has always been a vital part of her communiction with the world.
Her career as an artist began with a return to college as a mature student following a successful career in the hair and beauty industry. She initially studied graphic design but was drawn to the freedom of fine art in her foundation year. She also benefitted from studying art history courses with the Open University. She also continued self disciplined study and self teaching and continues to do so/
She turned proffessional in 2004 and since has gone from strength to strength exhibiting widely in the UK, Spain & France
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