Julie Jones studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and graduated with an Honours degree in 1996. She lectures at the Arts centre in Liverpool Community College and is involved in several arts projects in the Merseyside area.
Julie paints mainly in oil on canvas though she has also used charcoal, graphite and ink in sketches. Paintings usually begin with drawings and photographs of the landscape. She also uses a sketchbook as a kind of diary of feelings and ideas. Paintings are then developed in the studio often on a large scale.
" I aim for the finished painting to express a particular state of mind but without the landscape elements being lost".
Sometimes she makes preliminary works on paper. She builds up paint in layers, using different thickness. This enables her to create space in the painting without using conventional perspective or horizon alone. Often new ideas emerge during the working process which Julie likes to think mirrors natures process at times.
Technique and Inspiration
Julie’s work is largely concerned with the landscape. She says that she rarely paints pretty green rolling hills and is inspired by the wilder or more dramatic qualities. Rather than being sentimental about nature, she is trying to express its energy and power.
‘I feel making work about our relationship to landscape is very relevant in the present day. I hope to continue to develop my work in this area and that my work can communicate the spiritual in nature through paint.‘I am particularly inspired by the way landscape can become a poetic image for states of mind and emotions. I aim for the finished painting to express a particular state of mind but without the landscape elements being lost.’
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