Julia Manning RE SWLA Printmaker
She has a beautiful studio in Somerset not far from The Somerset Levels.
Her inspiration comes from drawing in the wild and her observations and sketches made while walking alone. She loves wild open spaces like salt marshes, estuaries and Islands
The geology of islands. The colours and essence of different places. The patterns of nests, rock formations on which birds nest. Rocky outcrops over which sea birds glide.
With binoculars in hand, she seeks to observe scenarios and interactions between birds and animals - whether it is an exchange of glances or the movement of a bird in flight she tries to interpret that fleeting moment in sketch to later re-interpret in print in the studio. Her prints are a colourful celebration of the natural world.
She studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and for over 40 years she has earned her living with a paint brush. From portraits to trompe l’oeil, from murals to painted tapestries, always taking her inspiration from nature. Commissions came from all over the world.
She is a member of Make South West (The Devon Guild of Craftsmen) an was elected a Senior Fellow of The Royal Society Of Painter Printmakers (RE) an elected member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and for 5 years was a member of Pine Feroda, 4 printmakers interpreting sea and rocks in wood cuts.
Langford Press Printmaking Award. SWLA Mall Galleries 2016
Mascot Media Nature in Print Award SWLA Mall Galleries 2018
Ace Arts Nature in Art Peoples choice Award 2018
Royal Academy summer Exhibition
Wells Contemporary International 2019
Wales Contemporary 2019
Conservation Through Art Award SWLA Mall Galleries 2021