Julia Patience



Following my graduation in Visual Communication at Brighton Polytechnic in 1977, I spent 25 years designing and illustrating magazines and books. The main subjects were plants, gardens, food and cookery. In 2006 I decided to concentrate solely on my own paintings. In 2007 my husband and I moved to Hong Kong. The exotic flowers and foliage I saw during my time here and extensive travels throughout South‐East Asia, become a focal point in my botanical paintings. I was a founder member of the Hong Kong Society of Botanical Artists.
I returned home to Tunbridge Wells in 2012 and participated in the Open Studios event in June 2013.

I love to paint plants and flowers whose shape and colour I find visually exciting, often enhanced by strong sunlight. By including the dark background often found behind these plants, I hope to retain it’s sense of place in it’s situation. I hope my paintings inspire, rather than merely inform the viewer. Most of my work is painted in watercolour with the use of ink to enhance colour and detail.

Exhibition History

February - March 2011, solo exhibition at The Peak, Hong Kong
January -February 2014, solo exhibition, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
April 2014, The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London
May 2014 , SBA Open exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, London
April 2015, The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London
May 2015 SBA Open exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, London
June - September 2015, joint exhibition with 3 other SBA members at the Barracuda Club, 1 Baker Street, London W1
May 2016 - Awarded full membership of the SBA.
November 2016 - Five paintings shown at SBA exhibition at Palmengarten, Frankfurt.
March 2017 - 'Art for Art's sake' Hospice in the Weald, Pembury
Sept 2017 - The September Art Exhibition, The Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex
October 2017 - SBA annual exhibition, London.
April 2018 - ‘Nature’s Paint Box’ Exhibition at Trinity Arts, Tunbridge Wells.
May 2018 - Paintings exhibited at Botanic Gardens, Madrid
Oct- Nov 2018 - Palmengarten, Frankfurt
February - April 2019 - Guest artist at Chalk Gallery, Lewes
June 2019 - SBA annual open exhibition, Mall galleries, London.
June 2020 - SBA annual open exhibition, online
October 2020 - 'Super Nature' exhibition, The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1
April 2022 - Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London


2015 SBA Open exhibition - St Cuthbert’s Mill award.

October 2017, SBA annual exhibition - Awarded 'Artists and Illustrators’ magazine award for body of work - included paintings of Agapanthus, Canna Indica, Amaryllis and Red poppies.

June 2019 - SBA annual exhibition - Exhibiting Excellence award for paintings 9 shades of Red, 9 shades of Yellow, 9 shades of Blue, 9 shades of Green and 9 shades of Orange.

Contact Details

Web: http://www.juliapatience.com