Julie's art practice primarily involves using painting as a problem solving experience to produce contemporary works with historical references. The works, which explore relationships between the landscape and the built environment, are a combination of immediate responses to specific sites and ideas developed in the studio.
Where we live creates relationship both visually and metaphorically, built environments either blend, recede or dominate but in the end it is the landscape that remains.
The Australian attachment to landscape is very strong and landscape painting carries a huge legacy. Julie thinks of her own work as trying to find something interesting and meaningful to say about her immediate landscape and at the same time make work, which is lively and compelling. Her interpretations are dependent on plein air studies, antique maps, photographs and archival documents.
She is influenced by the landscape and architecture of the historic gold rush town of Hill End, NSW, a place wrapped in a rich history of immigration, which has become a metaphor for her own sense of belonging.
2005 Post Graduate Diploma of Education Visual Arts - UTS Kuringai, Sydney, NSW
2004 Diploma Advanced Oil Painting Techniques.
Michelle Hiscock, Grosvenor Studios, Sydney
2001-03 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting Major - Distinction
National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW
2001 New York School Drawing Marathon, David Serisier, NAS, NSW
1980 Bachelor of Business Studies
Awards and Residencies
2004 Residency at Lawson Hill Estate, Mudgee
2003 The Lawson Hill Estate Award.
Landscape painting prize for outstanding work by a 3rd year student