Julie Swinsco BA Hons


I am constantly creating artwork. I am convinced it’s  what keeps me sane. I certainly know it gives me one of my greatest pleasures and allows me the freedom to express myself.


The world has become a very fast and complex place and the current general mood is overly cynical. A lot of the time the only visual stimulus we see through the media is one of terror and its influence on our society. All this has made me even more passionate in my quest to seek out the beauty in everything that surrounds us whether in  ordinary day-to-day moments or occasions where the concept of beauty would appear to be more directly relevant.


The theme of “Joy” is also one I am currently working with. I have an abundant supply of material from my six-year-old boy who sees the world through new, innocent and naive eyes.


I am now lucky to be able to spend more time in my studio. I continue to return to my constant favourite themes of the figure, swimmers and architecture and the way light and reflections can add new and unexpected dimensions to all these images. It is this that inspires me and my aim is to capture this vibrancy, this sparkle and excitement in my work.

Drawing is one of my favorite pursuits especially Life Drawing, which is a great discipline and always offers a new challenge. I know from experience that my work is much stronger when I devote time to do this on a regular basis. 


Photography has over time become more influential in my work because of its speed and  adaptability. My photographs rarely stay in their initial true form. I feel the need to push the colour or crop and abstract the form. I love to use the images the camera can capture that we cannot see like the blur created by a slow shutter speed.


In my painting, although the beauty of a good oil painting is hard to beat acrylic is often my chosen medium as it provides immense versatility as well as the advantages offered by its quick drying time. I also like the fluidity of the paint and to apply this with one of my favorite brushes made from human hair, which is rather unpredictable to use so the enigmatic line it produces adds vitality to my work. A high level of realism is important to me. However, my aim is not to capture a painstaking rendition of a photograph but rather to add my own interpretation and personal view.