Julie Edwards (UK) was initially interviewed in November of 2017, as the first artist to receive a studio visit from our curator. After a difficult year for her, it was high time we touched base with this talented artist.
Q & A with Julie Edwards
As an artist, what is your biggest dream?
“My greatest dream as an artist is for my work to reach a larger audience. To be more recognized, to exhibit and to sell more. I want people to be touched by my artwork, provoke memories, aspirations or simply provide pleasure from my artwork. My dream too would be able to paint all day and every day.”
What do you consider to be your biggest challenge?
“As one who has to juggle teaching, a family, issues with health etc. my biggest challenge is time.”
What’s your greatest talent?
“I consider my greatest talent how I am able to interpret what I see around me. Being inspired mainly by the landscape and natural wonder; as well as literature, memories, myth etc. I constantly record ideas in journals and sketchbooks. Whether through notes; quotes, passages from books I am reading; exhibitions I have seen; photographs I have taken; ink and wash studies, etc. All these continual ideas inform and inspire larger scale paintings in the studio. All of my paintings derive from an original place that I have seen and visited. Despite the paintings then going through a transitional process.”
I am absolutely not good at …
“Crowds! I am absolutely no good with crowds of people or confined spaces, where I feel I can’t get out easily or have to rely on someone else for my safety. I need to be able to breathe.”
I consider myself rich when…
“Being rich for me means that I can fully and freely express myself. Able to breathe, think and reflect. Appreciating what I have and not focusing on what I cannot control. Each of my paintings doesn’t necessarily look to describe what it sees but rather it hopes to emanate mystery; otherness; a picture of a world that is both real and of the imagination. This is too what makes me consider myself to be rich wherewith my printings I get to invent a world and be in charge of what happens to that world, which you can’t always do in life. So an endless inviting creative space where anything can happen more or less.”
The artist I admire most is…
“I admire so many artists both historically and contemporary it’s difficult to say which I most admire. However, Turner’s atmospheric landscapes have always been an inspiration. I love the qualities of line in Japanese prints and recently saw an inspiring exhibition of Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock prints. Horizontal landscapes, which were breathtaking. I love contemporary UK artist, Ele Pack, whose ideas for paintings are very similar to mine, but approached in a more abstract way. With beautiful fields of colour where different qualities of line dance on the surface. Lastly, photographer Sandra Kantanen is a great inspiration. Inspired by Chinese landscape painting, Sandra Kantanen digitally processes her photographs to produce dreamlike tableaux of softly dappled, slightly blurry prospects of forests, meadows full of flowers, and lakes. They are aesthetic excursions into a world of illusion, oscillating between painting and photography.”
What do you wish for yourself in 2020?
“The year 2019 was difficult, with a diagnosis that is life-changing: both degenerate and incurable. Besides that, the studio where I have been for over twenty years, Eagle Works, has sadly now closed down. Developed into apartments.
But being someone who has a positive outlook I am excited for 2020. I will not be determined by my illness, yet be more creative in spite of it. A studio is being built at the bottom of my garden, which will be fabulous.
Furthermore, I look forward to producing a new series of artwork; working on ideas of reflections in its broadest sense. I will also continue with my sky pieces along with many other series of ideas. I’m planning on building work towards future solo exhibitions and promoting my work to a wider audience.”
More on Julie Edwards
If you’d like to know more about Julie Edwards, why not read the account of our initial studio visit in November 2017 in our Meeting the Artists Blog
Alternatively, you can browse her Profile page on this site, where you’ll find the works we have listed for her.