A British artist working as a fine artist and silversmith, painting mainly in oils and more recently incorporating sterling silver into her art work.
Originally trained as a dancer and working extensively in the dance, film and music industry in 2001 Julia went to live in the Sudan, where she set up her own ballet school, started to design jewellery and resurrect her life long passion for painting. It was here her fine art career was born and on her return to the UK some 10 years later she started to exhibit her work.
Julia became known for her large scale paintings of pots based on ‘ziirs’water containers from the Sudan.
These pots are sometimes left outside; filled with water for passing travellers to quench their thirst. 'The compassion struck me and I fell in love with this idea of sharing and the humanity of welcome that comes from living in such a culture'
Julia returned to Africa a few years later, this time living for two years in Tanzania, where she taught art at The French International School of Dar es Salaam and sat on the committee of the East African Art Biennale.
Tanzania inspired Julia to paint large scale water-like abstract paintings where she started her signature artworks incorporating sterling silver.
'Water has always intrigued me and I love the way it takes on many forms according to its temperature. I strive to capture the fluidity and meditative quality of this precious resource in my work my more recent art works incorporating sterling silver and using my hallmark as my signature.'
Julia has exhibited widely in the UK being part of group exhibitions and solo shows, and abroad where her paintings were shown at the East Africa Art Biennale and East Africa Art Safari -Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.
Julia is a member of The Society of British Jewellers.