Artist Profile - Juli-Anne Coward
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Juli grew up in the Lake District. After leaving school she worked in the textile industry as a spool setter for a carpet and rug manufacturer in Kendal, and as a sewing machinist making a variety of garments. At the age of 23 she enrolled at Cumbria College of Art and Design in Carlisle and studied a foundation course in Art and Design, before studying Graphic Design specialising in Illustration in Bath. Juli now works as a Commended Picture Framer in Leominster. We have exhibited Juli's work at the Greenstage since 2007 and at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol since 2008. A Painting of Bristol Cathedral was used on much of Bristol Cathedral's publicity for 2008 and 2009 and also as their Christmas card for 2008. Juli was shortlisted for the ‘2008 Canon and Art Business Today print to win competition’. Juli Anne has worked on numerous commisions over the last few years, and her pictures can be found on some of the grandest walls in the country. If you are looking for a commision please contact the Gallery for futher details.
As a child I chose to paint the rooftops visible from my parents window. I have always loved painting all kinds of buildings from ancient to the most contemporary. I believe that all buildings have a certain energy of their own which is independant of the way they are used by the people who inhabit them. I do not have a preconceived idea of how a particular image will evolve, but I prefer to work instinctively and let the buildings divide the painting into different blocks of colour. I will experiment with surfaces and techniques and I will work with all sorts of media such as collage, ghesso, plaster, oils, acrylics and inks. My dramatic use of colour permeates many of the pictures I paint. Colour and lines attract me and as I work I let the colours bleed into one another.