Julie is a painter of people and the landscape. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Watercolour Society, London and in 2016 and again in 2019 she received the prestigious Award of 1st prize for Watercolour at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol for her large scale contemporary landscape, Invisible Moon. Julie was elected an associate Member of the Society of Women Artists www.society-women-artists.org in 2019.
Art Residencies, Projects & Art Writing are also part of her work. The Residencies, Projects and Publications are listed on this website.
"I enjoy the excitement and immediacy of working outside and I relate strongly to the coast and the edge of the landscape. The endless space from the cliff top to the horizon provides time for contemplation and inspiration. I sit on the beach drawing and painting the landscape and distant figures. It is back in the studio where I develop my work which are a collection of observations, memories and stories. Subtle layers of paint and texture give depth to each piece, and as I work I push the boundaries of the medium. My work holds many traditional values, which include drawing, colour mixing, and composition which are expressed with the eyes of the time that we live - the ever changing and fragile world of 2020. When I paint there is constant reference to humanity and nature and a desire to reach the heart of the matter."
Julie Collins 2020
Photo credit Joe Horridge