“ Its all about the light...
I love how the play of light can reveal so many colours on the skin of an elephant, sandy soil, or reveal the iridescent feathers of a bird. How it effects tone & contrast, and how it casts an abstract shape of shadow ”
It takes a profound knowledge of African wildlife to capture the fluidity of movement that Julia achieves in her work. A decade spent living in the bush in Zambia and subsequently Tanzania, has given her a deep and sympathetic understanding of her subjects and imbues her paintings with an intensity that can only exist as a result of such prolonged experience.
"I love to sketch. The fluidity and simplicity of line can say so much"
As a specialist in both ink and watercolour, Julia’s technical capabilities allow her to treat these traditional mediums with a contemporary twist. By using Indian Ink, often enriched with watercolour, she is able to achieve an even greater sense of depth, whilst maintaining the characteristic flowing style and fluid line that is so essential to her work.
More recently Julia has transitioned to oils, yet she has managed to maintain the luminous subtlety of her watercolours.
Julia’s work is found in many collections worldwide, and having returned to England ten years ago she now paints and sculpts from her studio in Hampshire. Following the publication of her first book book 'How to Capture Movement in Your Paintings', she has since gone on to contribute to several other art books.
She runs art courses and workshops from her studio, and works as a specialist art tutor on trips to Zambia and Europe.
"Back in the studio, I always prefer to work from my sketches rather than a photo. Even if the sketch is only a tangle of lines, I have caught the essence that I want to translate into a painting. And most importantly I was there… And working from my sketches takes me back to that moment"
HOW TO CAPTURE MOVEMENT IN YOUR PAINTING
Author: Julia Cassels
Published by Quarto Publishing Plc
ISBN 0-89134-734-8 (American Version)
WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES FOR ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS
Published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2020
ARTIST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FOLLOWING BOOKS
Author David Webb,
Published by Quarto Publishing Plc 2016
HANDS, FACES AND FIGURES
Author Angela Gair
Published by Quarto Publishing plc 1991
THE ARTIST'S SKETCHBOOK
Author Lucy Watson
Published by Quarto Publishing & North Light Books 2001
ISBN 0 00 713325 1 (Hardback Version)
ISBN 1-58180-211-0 (Paperback version)
THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES
Authors Diana Craig & Hazel Harrison
Published by Quarto Publishing Plc 2010
ISBN -13: 978-0-7624-4050-4