Julie Collins

“My best work comes about when I least expect it and I am not trying to make a good painting.”

Julie studied painting at the the University of Reading from 1980 to 1984. Her paintings are about memories and each piece tells a story. She lives on the south coast on the edge of the New Forest and walks by the coast for miles each day. Her observations and memories are used to create her work. In the studio she will have several paintings in progress at the same time. Here she works intuitively, creating her imagined landscapes. Somehow this creates a flow or a conversation between each painting and they will then link up in a series. 

Drawing and painting outside is an important part of Julie’s work and is used for research for her paintings. She has been Artist in Residence at the Observatory, at Lymington’s nature reserve and then at Bucklers Hard, part of the Beaulieu Estate. Other residencies include the Museum of Farnham and at Gilbert White’s House in Hampshire. The challenge of working in the elements provides great inspiration and brings immediacy to Julie’s work. 

Julie exhibits widely and has received numerous awards for her work. In 2019 & 2016 she received the award of 1st Prize for watercolour at the Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol and also several awards from the ING Discerning Eye and Royal Watercolour Society in London. Her work has been selected for London exhibitions by the late Brian Sewell, Sir Peter Blake, Albert Irvin and Frances Carey from the British Museum.

Julie is also the author of six art books which have been published all over the world.

Work by Julie Collins

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