Julia paints life-affirming, dreamlike landscapes. They have a lush, organic, yet liminal quality. The many layers of natural and abstracted forms reflect the mystery of the subconscious world. The sensuous patterns and floating shapes reflect the complexity of relationships, and indeed, life itself.
Her paintings are microcosms of the universe, a jungle of watery vegetation and organic growth beneath the surface. Julia‘s work has water as its central theme, ways of getting in and out, being submerged and disconnected from the stresses and constraints of the land-based world. She loves to swim, not only in her native South African waters but in the cold waters of the River Dee and the North Sea.
Julia has been painting full-time since 2005. She took classes in Johannesburg, with Cyril Coetzee and began selling her paintings. She moved to Edinburgh in 2007 where she studied at Edinburgh College of Art over a period of 4 years. She now lives in Edinburgh and in the coastal town of Stonehaven where she has her studio and a gallery which is open by appointment. She is an experienced event manager and performed professionally in South Africa as a jazz singer for many years.
Artists who inspire her are, amongst others: Patrick Heron, David Hockney, Albert Irvin, William Scott, Joan Mitchell, Peter Doig, Riera i Arago, Marlene Dumas, Bharti Kher, Lennox Dunbar and William Kentridge.