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Julie Barnes

Julie Barnes
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Feelings are the inspiration for my narrative paintings. I explore the power of wonderment and hope and offer the viewer an opportunity for stillness and an awareness of the threads that connect us all. Sometimes, though not often, the shape for a painting comes to me before I start work, but mostly the colours and surface texture influence the final result, the layers of paint and other mediums evolving into shapes and images. My work combines imagination, inner vision, mythology and folklore with forms from both the visible natural world, and the unseen other-world. I use traditional techniques, pure pigments and natural ingredients to make my own paints and encaustic mediums.
Born in Manchester, I live and work in Scotland. I am a visual storyteller. My work examines the interrelationship between people and nature. It combines imagination, inner vision, folklore, by drawing on forms from both the visible natural world, and the unseen ‘other-world’, to create a personal mythology. Feelings and stories are the catalysts for my paintings. I explore the power of wonderment and hope and offer the viewer an opportunity for stillness and an
awareness of the threads that connect us all.
Painting is a second career for me and I am mostly self taught, building on two years at Leith School of Art and one year at Edinburgh College of Art. I use traditional techniques, pure
pigments and natural ingredients to make my own paints and encaustic mediums. I have received awards for my work including the Royal Scottish Academy Keith Prize, Creative
Scotland VACMA (twice -most recently 2020) and 2021 Balavoulin Art Award. I am an invited member of Visual Arts Scotland Council.

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