'Through an intuitive process I seek to convey the unconscious emotions 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.

A sense of landscape or figures may emerge through this process, though this is left open to the imagination of the viewer, who I hope will find their own resonance within my paintings. For myself, each painting represents an ‘in the moment’ emotional response.

Mainly painting in oils on canvas, I like to experiment with different textures, mark making and colour palettes. My approach is one of playfulness and curiosity, which I believe keeps a fresh and energetic feel to my work.'


Originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Julia has lived in Harrogate for many years, where she practices from her studio. 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 now 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

  • 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

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