I am an abstract expressive oil painter based in the North of England, UK.  Passionate about colour, with an ever evolving palette, rich textures and dynamic mark making, my work embodies dramatic, ethereal and calming tones.

Through an intuitive process I seek to express unconscious emotions from within, as they unfold from one moment to the next.

Whether profound, fleeting or ambiguous, my aim is to express a congruent, authentic experience. ‘Letting go' of conscious thoughts and intentions and embracing the unknown is what drives this process and leads me to exciting, unexpected results.  My approach is one of playfulness and curiosity, which I believe keeps a fresh and energetic feel to my work.

A sense of landscape or figures may sometimes emerge through this process, though this is left open to the imagination of the viewer, who I hope will find their own emotional connection with my paintings.  

Julia lives and works from her studio in North Yorkshire. She received a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of East London in 1994, following which she returned to Yorkshire and after various jobs, overseas travel and raising a family, she pursues her career as a full time painter.  


Julia's work is held in private collections across the UK and abroad and she is represented by a selection of UK galleries.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Interpretations of Landscape, Highgate Contemporary London - Feb 2021

  • Winter Exhibition Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan – April 2019

  • Art & Contemporary Art Fair York Oct 2018

  • ‘Rural Textures’ Studio Vault Settle Sept – Dec 2018

  • ‘Smash: Visual Art Regrooved’ According to McGee York Oct - Dec 2018

  • ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition – Blue Tree Gallery, York Mar-Jun 2018

  • Winter Exhibition Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan-Mar 2018

  • Group exhibition, Shine Art Gallery, Harehills Leeds Sept 2017-Jan 2018

  • Harrogate Open Exhibition – Mercer Gallery Jun-Sept 2017

  • Summer Exhibition – Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke Jun-Aug

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2017

  • Spring into Summer, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate May 2017

  • In with the New, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan 2017

  • New Beginnings, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Oct 2016

  • Art for Youth North, York 19 – 22 Oct 2016

  • Art in the Pen, Thirsk 23 – 24 July 2016

  • Platform Open Exhibition – Morphets of Harrogate 14 – 17 July 2016

  • Artspace Exhibition, Harrogate 30 Apr- 1 May 2016

  • St Michaels Hospice Exhibition, Harrogate 8 – 13 Mar 2016

  • HIVE Arts Expo – Harrogate International Centre – Nov 2015

  • Art on West Park – pop up exhibition, Harrogate – 10 Nov – 15 Dec 2015

  • Platform Open Exhibition – Morphets of Harrogate - Oct 2015

  • Great North Art Show 2015 - Ripon Cathedral, 28 Aug – 20 Sept 2015

  • The Forest Garden' Group Exhibition - Number Six Gallery, Pateley Bridge, 21 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

  • Harrogate Open Exhibition - Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, July – Nov 2015

  • Art for Youth North, Oct 2014 - Queen Mary's School, Topcliffe York

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2014