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Julie was born and grew up in England where she graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Textile Design. She worked in London for several years as a designer and colourist, before moving to a small island in the Caribbean with her husband. There she found another outlet for her creativity and began painting seascapes in oil pastel, inspired by the tropical waters.

A move to Vancouver Island, Canada in 2002 brought fresh inspiration and an exploration of new mediums. Julie now works in acrylics and watercolours, often building up layers of texture and transparent colour to achieve the desired effect. 

These paintings relate directly to my exploration of the natural world. My fascination extends beyond what is visible, to the unseen formations beneath the earth's surface - layers of intricate pattern and decay, feeding the recognized beauty above ground.

Roads and pathways intrigue; much more than a compositional device drawing us into the picture, they facilitate the journey beyond the canvas and into our imagination.

I love the dramatic contrasts of intense light and long, deep shadows as the days begin and end; the rich colour palette is a spontaneous response to these glowing scenes.




Copyright 2007 Julie King