I'm Julia, and I'm an artist and illustrator.
I love to paint and create, I'm inspired by colours and the landscape in our beautiful country, and I make art that reflects the places I love most along with ideas born from my imagination. Painting and creating for me is the most wonderful journey of discovery.
I think art lifts us up, it's a healing balm for a weary soul, and is a deeply innate part of who we are. Through my work and my writing, I hope to be able to share what I have learnt with you, and help you to discover and live your own wildly colourful, creative life!
A Little History...
I've always loved to paint and draw. For as long as I can remember I had crayons and paint close to hand, and I carried on this love of creating right through school and college.
After leaving school aged 18, I had a job working for the NHS in the Payroll Departemtn for a few years and then I went to University to study Interior Design. After graduation, I took on work as a freelance sign writer, working up and down the country for a few years but the pull to be an artist, the one I had squashed down in order to be responsible and earn a living, kept pushing to the surface, and when we settled in Sheffield in 2006, I made the leap.
Things I've Done...
Over the years I have been lucky to have had many amazing work opportunities, including teaching in schools, showing my art in exhibitions and being published by some wonderful companies. Lots of people have supported me along the way, including customers all over the world who have bought pieces of my work. I am deeply grateful for every single person who has believed in me and who has helped me to live a life where I get to work at my dream job.
It's my wish now to share what I have learnt, with you. To help you take the first steps in becoming an artist, in growing your confidence and self belief, in helping you discover your own talents and style. In the coming months I will be launching a new series of videos and tutorials to run alongside my Blog where I will give you the bare bones of being an artist, the ups and the downs.
In the meantime, you might be interested in my fortnightly email, Art Letters, that I write. It's full of inspiration, stories and advice for fellow and budding artists as well as updates on what I'm working on or creating.
Just click the link below to find out more.