Julie's work is currently exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water colours at the Mall Galleries, London. Julie studied Fine Art painting at the University of Reading 1980-84.
The work I make offers alternative views of reality, where subtle layers of paint and texture give a depth to each piece. Though a figure, bird or leaf may appear in a painting the deeper message of the beauty and frailty of life is paramount. Each piece is made as part of a series, working on heavy watercolour paper. As I paint with watercolour and acrylic, I push the boundaries of the medium. When I work there is a constant reference to nature and a desire to reach the heart of the matter.
I have been inspired and influenced by many artists, most notably the ancient frescoes that I have studied on my numerous travels to Italy and Greece, where fragments of images can be seen. I believe that my great interest in the History of Art is important in my work and as artists we are indebted to the past but are unique in our moment. For me this is the bigger picture.
Having moved back to the sea in 2014 I now feel at home and resonate with the light, the ever changing skies and landscape and living on the edge. This has had a cathartic effect on my work as an artist.
Julie Collins 2017