Julie Collins earned painting at the the University of Reading. The Abstract Expressionist style that she focused on at Reading influenced Julie’s work and is evident in her paintings today, combined with an imaginative story and her observations from nature.
Julie walks by the coast for miles each day and recollects observations and memories from them to create his work. The studio is where she will have many pieces in progress at the same time. Somehow this creates a flow or a conversation between each painting and they will eventually link up in a series. The paintings represent 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. Drawing and painting outside is an important part of Julie’s practice. She has been Artist in Residence at the Observatory, working on the sea wall at Lymington’s nature reserve and then at Bucklers Hard, part of the Beaulieu Estate. The challenge of working in the elements provides great inspiration and brings immediacy to Julie’s work.
"My best work comes about when I least expect it and I am not trying to make a good painting. Each painting is a simple view where a figure, vase, branch or bird appears as part of a landscape".
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