Julie was born in Buxton,Derbyshire and lived there until moving to Liverpool to train as a teacher (Biology and Physical Education). After a full and part-time teaching career she revived her interest in painting and drawing, particularly in relation to the techniques involved in depicting botanical and wildlife subjects.
A long standing interest in and appreciation of the environment provides the inspiration for her subjects. Initially working in watercolour Julie now works in graphite pencil. She has always enjoyed working in pencil and seeks to inspire others to explore this medium in its own right.
Her work has been widely exhibited at various venues in the UK and works are also held in a number of private collections, notably : The Shirley Sherwood Collection of Botanical Art, The Royal Horticultural Society (Lindley Library), The National Museum and Gallery of Wales (Cardiff) and The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation (USA).
Julie exhibits regularly with the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA), receiving a number of awards for her work. She has also been awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for a series of graphite pencil drawings. Her work has also been used to help illustrate a number of books on Botanical Art.She now tutors in Lancashire and Derbyshire and for the SBA Distance Learning Course.