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About me...

At an early age, I found visual language was my language and the Art classroom was my happy place. This has continued now within my art studio, where I draw upon my own lived experiences to tell stories and show my interpretation of the world. I often look at avenues of the unexpected, where an ironic twist of marks, vibrancy of colours or textures provide me with evocative approach or an unexplored territory of meaning.

My new series is centred around exploring the Tasmanian Landscape. The seasonal changing colours are quite extraordinary, from the rich vibrant greens in the farming fields during Spring and Autumn, to the more muted yellows and browns in Summer.

As a creative, it’s all about my experiences of being immersed into the landscape. Using mixed media, I make marks and lay down blocks of colour to express this beauty, calm and awe that I see and feel. In the studio, I then push the artwork to be either representational or semi abstract.

In recent years, Watercolour was added to my repertoire, and I am happily addicted to the unreliable personality of this medium. I love pushing the boundaries beyond the traditional style to allow the direction of water v/s pigment to guide and create an imperfect handmade quality to my work.

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Julie McDonald

Born 1960, Newcastle, Australia

Education

2023

Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours). University of Tasmania, Tasmania

2019-2022

National Art School Short Courses Online

2004

Grad Dip of Education (Visual Arts) University of Newcastle, NSW

2002

Bachelor of Visual Communication (Visual Arts) University of Newcastle, NSW

1997

Open Foundation (Visual Arts) University of Newcastle, NSW

Solo Exhibitions

2020

In search of Beauty: A Remix of Nature – Waterline Art Gallery, Ettalong Beach. NSW

Exhibitions & Collaborations

2022

Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania (AIRTT) Exhibition – Deloraine, TAS

2022

Longford Blooms – Longford. TAS

2022

Metamorphosis – Meander Valley Art Award, Westbury. TAS

2020

Twilight – Toukley Art Society, NSW

2019

Summer Exhibition – Central Coast Art Society, NSW

2017

Nature’s Expression – Art Studios Gallery, Gosford. NSW

2017

Coastal Elements – Kooindah Waters Resort, Wyong, NSW

2015

Blown Away by Art – Buff Point. NSW

2014

The 3 Degrees of Friendships – Gosford Regional Gallery. NSW

2008

Frog Hollow – Central Coast. NSW

Awards

2022

Artistic Achievement in Artist in Residence Trail (AIRTT)

2019

Highly Commended – Central Coast Art Exhibition

2008

Won Frog Hollow Exhibition – Central Coast. NSW

Community Projects

2019

Creative Art Projects for Nursing home Residents. Bonnels Bay Car. NSW

2015

NBN Network – Commissioned to facilitate artwork on NBN Installation between school students and community.

Publkished Artwork

2002-2004

Illustrations in Murdoch Magazines, Printed Publications.

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