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
Constantly learning, observing & 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 note taking, making marks that represent place, ideas or forms. I do not work directly from photographs but the camera is always by my side and digital manipulations of an image are becoming an increasingly more important aspect of my work. It enables me to study the minutiae of nature and the usually unobserved; the structure of a seed head, the line and texture within a rock or pebble; looking deeper and deeper into the surface to discover the abstract.
All of my work is fundamentally about drawing and marking; I find it difficult to separate myself from their vitality and importance whether I choose painting, collage, printmaking - or a mixture of the three, ‘Drawing’ is what it continues to be about. ‘Drawing’ with a paintbrush or in collage ‘drawing’ with shapes of paper and colour. Setting in motion the development of an idea and plus a sense of renewal and continuation.
The impact of my work is intended to be multi-dimensional to the viewer. Seen as a representation of a landscape from a distance but on approach I ask the viewer to take in 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.
Words are a vital part of the work though they are often hidden deep into the piece asking the viewer to look for them & 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 artists draw on nature; how can we not? As humans we are nature, it is all around us, it feeds us physically, spiritually & emotionally. This then begs the question, why are we, as humans, increasingly taking it for granted, ignoring it's vitality, destroying it & the climate with the overuse of man made materials, fossil fuels & 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.
Julie Reid fine artist