Open Studios 6th & 7th May - Digswell Arts 60th - Celebration

Coming up in May we are opening our studios at Digswell Arts.

Dates; Sat 6th/ Sunday 7th / times; 11 -4 

Special surprise guest to open the event.  Meet the Artists In their studios.  Printmakers Exhibition   

tea and cake with proceeds going to local hospice. 

Julia Holt Studio May 2016

Julia Holt Studio May 2016

Wicken Fen and work in progress

Last saturday myself and Helen made another visit to Wicken Fen nature reserve for our research project that will lead to an exhibition of work in 2018. It was a glorious Spring day and perfect weather conditions for collecting lots of photographs. An added bonus was getting to look around the Fenland Cottage and the guide was able to provide us with lots of historical background. My favourite photos from the day are the ones from one of the observation hides. I love the way the scratched and mottled surface of the screens, that drop down over the windows, obscure the landscape and provide an unusual and uncanny viewpoint of the reserve. 

For more on this project see;     Also;

Coming up;

Open Studios at Digswell Arts / Saturday May 6th and Sunday 7th May

I will be showing some of my work in progress from this project - Times 11- 4 each day. 

Frivoli Gallery

Delighted to be represented by Frivoli Gallery in Chiswick, West London.

Frivoli is a wonderful gallery space just off Chiswick High Street which has a superb changing exhibition programme plus a collection of wonderful artists and designers; such as Jenny Lock and Katie Mawson. Here's a link to my page;


Work in progress part 1

I seem to be juggling again, which isn't that unusual !! .

I've got a few projects running together at the moment, so studio days are very busy. From time to time I try to get a moment to work on some canvases which have been on the go for a while now.

For the main part of my time I've been experimenting with imagery and processes for the 'Wicken Fen' project. This Is involving research, both with media and historical research. The printing bit has been so much fun as I'm playing with Solar print etching again, responding to photographs collected at the Reserve..and I'm loving the results so far. 

Waterhall Studio - finally feeling at home

Its taken a while to get the new studio sorted out but the space is finally feeling more functional and I'm loving being amongst such beautiful surroundings. Being on a working farm means putting up with lots and lots of mud !! in fact just think 'Festival mud' and you've got the picture. 

It just means you have to be prepared - i.e.; change of boots In the back of the car and mat at the front door - plus snug boots to change into inside the studio. the plus side is the calm, natural surroundings and the ability to totally focus. Oh.... and the teashop next door in case I run out of teabags. 



Next Exhibition

A group of recently completed mixed media pieces will be in the next Bircham Gallery exhibition starting February 11th. All works predominantly combine the use of Drypoint Carborundum with mono print as well as additional layers of drawing ink and machine stitch. More pieces from this group can be seen on my page titled 'Shifting States' 

Dawn to Dusk at Wicken Fen

Last Wednesday myself and Artist Helen Terry trekked up to the stunning nature reserve of Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire for our 4th excursion to collect imagery and inspiration for our collaborative project. Luckily the sun shone resulting in some beautifully rewarding light and colours. Even more fortunate the cafe was open for a large part of the day, providing us with refuge and a place to warm up when the cold started to prove a tad too uncomfortable. 

This week Ive been in the studio mulling, drawing and perusing with a little bit of faffing.  

Current Exhibition at Off the Wall Contemporary Art Gallery, Cardiff

The Beautiful historic setting of the Old Probate Registry Office in Llandau near Cardiff is the permanent venue for the Off the Wall Contemporary Art Gallery currently exhibiting its Christmas group show.
A relatively new Gallery Addition to the area its popularity has grown very rapidly partly due to the modern Contemporary feel of the space and the way its owners put the Artwork and the Display of work at the top of its priorities.
" hospitable owners were both friendly and informative and justifiable proud of the gallery"   "brilliant lighting and friendly smart and observant staff"

I'm delighted that A group of my mixed media works including Nostos i and Rosyas - are featured in the current Christmas Exhibition.  

Shifting States Private View

The Private view for Shifting States was great fun. It was especially rewarding to have an opportunity to meet new people and have a chat with some of the other artists taking part in this group show.

We've taken the show down now, after its 2 week run, so I'm now cracking on with some new drawings exploring ideas for the Wicken Fen project, which is a collaborative project with Artist Helen Terry. 

Here's a taste of the PV night at Espacio Gallery and some images from the show. 

Coming Up - Shifting States Nov 29 - 11 December

Delighted to have been invited to take part in an Exhibition, with a group of 14 other artists, which explores themes to do with the Liminal and states of transition. Im currently in the final stages of making a group of mixed media prints for this show and enjoying exploring and working with large scale dry point plates. Combining the mark making with larger scale dry point plates is proving to be very liberating and opening up many more ideas and possibilities. 

Work in progress

Work in progress

Its always exciting to start a new project and it was a real treat on Friday to undertake an excursion to the location, and starting point, for a new project which will take inspiration from the beautiful and historic setting of Wicken Fen in Cambridegshire. This project will be collaboration with the Artist Helen Terry whose work I have admired for a while and we plan to conclude our research with a joint exhibition of work next year. 

I will be posting more news and images over the coming weeks.

More photos from this day

Also coming up; In July - August a show of work at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living

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Over 200 visitors at this years Open Studios

Over 200 visitors at this years Open Studios

Great turn out at this year's 'Digswell Arts' Open Studios so thanks so much to all our visitors. Well over 2oo people came along to see our work and helped us raise a mighty large sum for Isabel Hospice by buying tea and cake. Weather behaved itself and we had lots of fun meeting new people and catching up with friends and family. 

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Pop Up Gallery Event in Harpenden

Pop Up Gallery Event in Harpenden

The Very Silence

Introducing a new group of unique solar prints - i'll be showing these at a Pop Up Gallery event in Harpenden 9th - 14th May

Location - 8 Leighton Road, (opposite Waitrose) 

Times - 10 - 5 every day. Ends Saturday 14th at 5pm 

For this week only myself and Harpenden based artist Anna Perlin will be selling a range of recent and past work. 

Recording the landscape through the camera's eye is usually something I keep as a starting point only but these new Solar prints bring that passion to the centre stage. They also reveal an obsessive undertaking that has kept me busy over the past few months - namely the desire to explore methods of using the solar plate for multilayered prints. 

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Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Going back to Painting has proved to be a massive challenge, as well as immensely rewarding. Having spent many years developing my practice through printmaking the phrase 'working out of my comfort zone' is to put it mildly. However, there's no gain without pain and despite the challenges i'm loving the possibilities that are opening up by combining painting with printmaking.  

I'm currently working on a group of larger scale mixed media paintings on canvas inspired by drawings based on the 'Nostos' series of prints.

For these pieces I have been primarily exploring ways to produce larger scale multilayered mono print drawings which are then additionally painted into with oil paint after being applied to canvas. 


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