The Works of Julia Harris
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Julia Harris Artist Statement
I am a Welsh artist living in South Powys on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Parks, in a little village called Abercraf; my studio is open by appointment. (tel. 07973 717207). Where I live is a gift to any artist, as its only 3 miles from Craig y Nos Country Park in the Brecon Beacons National Parks, with its stunning beauty, and Adelina Patti’s county estate and castle, these magnificent grounds with its changing light with the seasons, from the deep greys of rain to golden shafts of sunlight that fight through (we do not suffer from light pollution here). My choice of home is no accident. My inspiration and vision comes from all that is around me; the mountains, the fields, the trees, the skies and the history of the area.
I attended Swansea College of Art at the very young age of 15; I wanted to be a commercial illustrator but ended up studying dress and design. With hindsight, had I been older, I would have taken a fine art degree instead of a craft course, but being young and influenced by the likes of Mary Quant it seemed the more exciting option at the time.
Up until 2005 my daily life activities were brimming over with the upbringing of my two children and a full time job but the urge to paint was continually eating away at me. Once the children flew the nest I made a decision to follow my desires and I embarked upon a journey to paint. To start my journey I attended a 3 day residential course in ‘Abstraction’, held at Gregynog. Being totally naïve I started my journey backwards, I thought it would be just another style although it has (my journey) taught me that every style requires a different approach and a different perspective and most importantly, you have to be good at art in the first place in order to attempt a new style. My journey of enlightenment, as I call it, was and still is one of the most enjoyable periods of my life and a huge stepping stone to my new life as an artist.
My style of art and subject matter is very varied. My favourite medium is watercolour which I feel is under-rated; whilst renown for being one of the most difficult medium’s to master I use it’s unpredictability to my advantage in creating exciting effects in my landscapes by allowing one pigment to merge into another.
I am delighted to be asked by Platform One to exhibit and sell my work at the Visitor Centre Libanus, Brecon Beacons National Parks; I steward there 2 to 3 days a month usually on a Sunday. I going to run painting workshops for 2018. The workshops cost £35.00 and runs from 10am to 4pm. The day is designed to suit all abilities from absolute beginners to those looking for self- improvement or if you just enjoy painting. If you need materials I can supply them for an additional £10.00 payable on the day.
Dates available are Saturday 9th June, 7th July, 4th Aug and 15th September. I am also running a sister course at Craig y Nos Country Park, on Saturday 2nd June, 21st July, 18th Aug and 22nd September 2018. To book place visit my web site www.juliaharris.wales.
I am also pleased to say that Aberglasney Gardens, Nr. Carmarthen have asked me back to exhibit in the Manson House, again this year for 2 weeks from 30th Aug to 13th September. If you would like an invite to my private viewing on Friday 30th from 6.3 pm (entrance to the gardens will be FOC) again visit my web site or email me at Julia@juliaharris.wales for your invite.
Best Wishes Julia Harris