Light is the unifying factor in all of Julie Ann’s oil paintings, originating in the sight of the sun breaking through the misty darkness. This first blissful moment of light inspires the artist from both an aesthetic and a spiritual viewpoint. Alongside intensely coloured underwater scenes she creates semi-abstract representations of the landscape in which windswept trees and grasses are battered by the weather into a swirling vortex of light and energy.
These pieces are linked by the idea of curves and contours as they appear throughout nature, whether in the graceful shapes of koi swimming in the deep blue, or in arcing harbours and cloud formations flowing across the luminous sky.
THE ARTISTJulie Ann grew up in the North of England. After completing her A Levels, she set off to see the world and spent an eventful and adventurous few years abroad. After working as a catwalk model in Israel, touring as an actress in California, and travelling around much of Eastern Europe she returned to England and settled in the Lake District.
2000 was a landmark year for her: having excelled in art at school, she began to paint once more, and set up her own studio in Kendal where she started to create her dazzling oils. Julie Ann then spent 20 years living in the English Lake District before moving to Dorset in 2018, where she now lives close to the beach.
For more than a decade, her work was distributed and exhibited to great acclaim across the UK by De Montfort Fine Art, one of the country's largest art sellers.
Julie now supplies galleries and private customer direct.