Julie Matthews

Painter  |  Visit Open Studio

I've always been interested in colour and design but spent most of my working life in the world of golf, far away from art! I was both sports and animal mad as a child but it wasn't until I was twice diagnosed with cancer as an adult that, in 2013, I decided to take time away from work and learn some new creative skills. So, I plunged into classes in mosaics and painting and, what was meant to be a 6 month sabbatical, has now turned into a long term passion for painting where I can combine my love of colour with my love of animals - the perfect mix for me! I'm also now experimenting with a few landscapes but it's not long before I find myself wanting to paint another animal. I usually paint in acrylic (it's so forgiving) and like to start with the eyes - somehow I feel the personality of the animal coming out when they are looking at me! Most of my animal paintings are brightly coloured and a bit quirky but I also take commissions for pet portraits where I promise I will paint them in their true colour! I live near Farnham in Surrey with my husband and our very naughty West Highland Terrier!