Having qualified with a fine art degree from Birmingham in 2000 Julie then went on to pursue a career in web based graphic design. However a love and interest in animals had a strong hold and she changed her career completely to become an animal keeper, starting at Longleat Safari Park and then eventually settling at Monkey World. When Julie started a family it gave her the opportunity to rediscover painting, combining her love of nature, animals and art. 

Julie's study of animals over the years has developed a skill in depicting their character and personality.  Although a large proportion of her work is commission based she also likes to paint wildlife. The experience she has from working with exotic animals has allowed her to understand the nature and character of the subjects that she paints, enabling me to create a natural and atmospheric image.