In October 2019 Julie 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. She was also elected an associate Member of the Society of Women Artists www.society-women-artists.org in August 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 as I was brought up by the sea I relate strongly to the coast and the edge of the landscape. The endless space from the cliff top to the horizon is a constant source of inspiration. I sit on the beach painting the landscape and distant figures standing at the waters edge. It is back in the studio where I develop my work and the paintings I make are memories, which capture the a feeling of the landscape. I have always been concerned with composition and the negative space in a painting. Subtle layers of paint and texture give depth to each piece, and as I work I push the boundaries of the medium. When I paint there is constant reference to nature and a desire to reach the heart of the matter."
Julie Collins 2020