Julie Jones is a local artist who has lived and worked near Machynlleth since 2008 when she relocated from Liverpool. One of her main reasons to move here was to become more immersed in rural landscape, be closer to the elements and seasonal changes. Her awareness that nature is under threat from climate change, that human interaction with landscape needs to shift, means she intends to look at landscape in its fullest sense, not a romanticised view. However with this in mind, motivations for individual works evolve from personal memory and emotion.
Her painting fluctuates somewhere between the abstract and the real, and is an exploratory process about how to represent a particular memory or experience. Using varied methods of mark making, gesture, texture, layering and colour, her paintings made in the studio are influenced by her drawings and outdoor painted studies made on walks in the landscape.
She works partly from memory to get closer to emotions attached to a place experienced, to find connections between nature and the unconscious, and she aims to bring about a sense of mystery and the unknown in the everyday through expressing mood and atmosphere, and through the process of making the painting.
Artists who have influenced Julie include the late Welsh based painter Graham Sutherland, the abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell, Danish artist Per Kirkeby, and the contemporary painter Varda Caviano.
Since living in Wales she has exhibited at MOMA Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology, Corris Institute and Mid Wales Arts centre Caersws. Julie has experience in and able to undertake commissions and respond to your personal theme or favourite location in her work.