Julia's fascination with life drawing started as an ‘A’ level student under the tuition of John Eaves. She is concerned with intuitive mark-making from observation and the exploration of the visual elements of line, tone and colour. She uses Indian ink applied with sticks and large brushes for washes. This unpredictable technique keeps the drawings loose and free, capturing the effects of light, shade and form.
Julia studied fine art at Dartington Hall in Devon and gained a PGCE from Exeter University. She is an experienced art teacher with over twenty years’ experience in Art education and lives with her family in a small village near Cirencester. In 2004 she started selling her life drawings through galleries in the South West of England and, for the past five years, has been developing her skills as a practising artist and leading a creative life away from the class room.
Combining a love of art and travel, for a few weeks each year Julia teaches water colour painting on a small cruise ship, visiting exciting places such as Monet’s garden in France, The Borobudur Temple in central Java, and this year the Mayan sites of South America. Every summer she also spends time painting in Tuscany at the Verrocchio Art Centre. Since 2007 Julia’s drawings have been sold by the ‘Cube’ gallery at art fairs from London to Edinburgh and this year her drawings have been shown in their London gallery.
More of her work can be seen on her web site at www.julia-adams.co.uk