Julia’s painting is rooted in the tradition of landscape painting and is an emotional response to the subject matter of change and how we hold it in our memory. There in the vast filing cabinet of recollections, details of places are filed under many headings. These experiences are revealed and reconstructed from the atmospheric impressions of colour, weather, and light and shade. It is like the moment on a train when viewer and viewed are joined together in the stillness of the gaze in an infinitely quiet moment. The paintings are thick gestural oil worked quickly onto the canvas or board and are taken from a muted palette with a slightly melancholic, dreamlike quality.
Pia Randall-Goddard, art critic and photographer