Julia is an award winning botanical artist and experienced tutor based in the UK, whose glowing watercolours depict the beauty and detail of nature. She is particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect, especially autumnal leaves, seed heads and fading flowers, often painting them much larger than life.
Exhibiting regularly, Julia has been awarded four RHS gold medals amongst many other awards. She tutors weekly classes near the beautiful historic city of Bath, other workshops further afield and, more recently, online workshops via Zoom.
She has produced resources for aspiring botanical artists, written articles for a number of national art magazines as well as contributing to a number of books.
In 2014, Julia illustrated sixteen Royal Mail stamps, issued in three sets under the title of 'British Flora'.
2019 - Shortlisted for Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
2016 - Bates Award for Excellence, ASBA 19th Annual International Exhibition.
2014 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Parrot Tulips on Black’.
2014 - New York Botanical Garden bronze medal,
ASBA ‘Weird, Wild and Wonderful’ exhibition.
2013 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Nature in Waiting’.
2013 - St Cuthberts Mill Award, SBA exhibition.
2012 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Larger than Life - Fading Flowers Observed’.
2011 - Highly Commended for Joyce Cuming Presentation Award, SBA exhibition.
2010 - St Cuthberts Mill Award, SBA exhibition.
2009 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Fading Beauty’.
2008 - RCHS Silver medal for watercolours of leaves.
2008 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Leaves - Celebrating Imperfection’.
2006 - Kirstenbosch Gold medal for South African native plants.
2006 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Leaf Portraits’.
2004 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Fungi’.
2001 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Streptocarpus species'.
Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.
Bath Society of Botanical Artists.
Society of Botanical Artists.
American Society of Botanical Artists.
Shirley Sherwood Collection, London.
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Lindley Library, London.
Chelsea Physic Garden Archives, London.
Private collections worldwide.