When the opportunity arose to work with the Maasai in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, Julia didn’t hesitate. There she found the wondorous rhythms, shapes, and colours captivating. They formed a lasting impression, sparking a life-long love for Africa and its wildlife. Her travels have taken her to many countries across Europe, Africa and Central America.
After a year working in the safari world in Zambia’s beautiful Luangwa Valley, she set off with her husband in their faithful Land Rover “Penelope”. They drove the Old Silk Route from England to Nepal where they managed a lodge in the Himalayas in the foothills of the Annapurnas. Returning to Zambia, they enjoyed several more years working there, before moving north to Tanzania. It was this incredible decade of living and working both in Africa and Nepal that formed the foundation of her work, and continues to inspire her today. She keeps it alive by returning to Africa regularly.
Although specialising in watercolour, Julia enjoys the basics of draughtsmanship and brevity of line to gain a natural spontaneous fluidity. She will often introduce inks, graphite or charcoal for emphasis. While her distinctive style displays a remarkable understanding of colour and rhythm in her subjects, and a true knowledge of the bush. Returning to England ten years ago, Julia now paints and sculpts form her studio in Hampshire, from where she also runs her own art courses and workshops. Following the success of her first book “How to Capture Movement in your Painting”, she has recently been asked to lead a painting tours to Zambia for the company – Art Safari Ltd.
Julia exhibits widely in the UK and abroad, with now being three times short-listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition and much of her work can be found in collections worldwide.