Julia Essex spent her working life teaching ballet and running her own busy and successful dance school. Ballet is an art form which creates beautiful lines and shapes through movement to please the eye and bring delight to the soul. On retiring, Julia wanted to explore a new way of expressing the beauty of aesthetic experience and so took up art.
Having tried a variety of media, Julia currently prefers acrylics and is interested in painting anything which catches her eye, especially landscapes. She loves to use fast, expressive brush strokes to convey a sense of freedom and movement in order to bring to life the extraordinary beauty of the natural world. She particularly enjoys painting ‘en plein air’ and recently spent four weeks in Andalusia painting seascapes.
As a child Julia often visited Birmingham Art Gallery and was captivated by the Pre-Raphaelite paintings both because of their richness of colour and their strong sense of narrative. Since retiring, she takes every opportunity to visit art galleries and to appreciate all kinds of art and was, of course, enthralled by the recent Burne-Jones exhibition at Tate Britain.
Julia was delighted to be awarded the Judge’s prize in LSA’s Open Exhibition last November for her painting entitled ‘Poppies’ and is looking forward to exhibiting a selection of her paintings in the East Lodge in July 2019.
Julia is happy to take commissions and can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org