Julie Collins was born in the Isle of Man and studied Fine Art at the University of Reading. She works from her studio on the South Coast Her mixed media paintings are ‘abstractions’ from real life, where Julie explores the relationship between recognisable forms and the open ended process of creating. She builds up subtle layers of colour and texture with water based paints and mixed media. Her more recent vibrant paintings in acrylic are a new direction exploring the idea of an enchanted garden.
Julie states “I am inspired by nature and the landscape and rely on observation and memory to create my work. Objects I am incredibly familiar with appear in my paintings. I work on several paintings at once creating conversations between them so they will eventually link up in a series. My work represents an alternative reality rather than an actual view. A fine balance between intuition, emotion and formal control of the paint is crucial in each piece”.
Julie has exhibited her work widely across the country and in both 2016 and 2019 was awarded 1st prize Watercolour Award, Royal West of England Academy. Exhibitions and numerous other prizes include the Royal Watercolour Society and the Discerning Eye, London.
Julie is the author of several art books and has recently been elected Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists. Her work was included in this year’s exhibition at the Mall Galleries.