Julie Whitehead – Inspired by Art & Flowers.

I have always had a love of art; it’s been woven like a tapestry throughout my life.  Growing up surrounded by beautiful flowers & gorgeous gardens was my everyday. My mother’s garden was always filled with enchanting colour, movement & exquisite aromas.  Helping mum plant her bulbs was amazing to me would as I would watch them amazingly  emerge from the ground & kinds of stunning floral would flourish in spring. Nature as its best.

Colour has always been an influence in my life. My mother & grandmother were dress designers.  Remembering all the luxurious fabrics that were transformed into elegant dresses & the most beautiful ball gowns sometimes with gorgeous diamante flowers delicately sewn on was part of my glorious introduction to colour & design. As a young girl I was drawn to classical ballet which I studied for over 10 years.  The dance, movement, drama, colour & precision that went into every step was captivating to me.

Art is Energy.

“Chocolate artist takes time to smell the roses”

After nearly 30 years of a highly successful & innovative chocolate business in the wedding industry; producing highly sought after luxury hand moulded chocolates & cakes I turned my attention from crafting chocolate to my first passion & love, painting. Its like going home… it just feels like I am where I should be. I just couldn’t deny the strong pull back to my painting. Its like it was calling me & I haven’t looked back. I really just changed mediums from painting in chocolate to now painting in oils & acrylics again.

My art is about energy, beauty, love, strength, colour, movement & integral to all of it is heart. I love painting floral as flowers are so sensual. They are so fragile & delicate like the peonies I love painting at the moment yet have a resilience to survive. Flowers are also a symbol of love & are frequently given to express that as well as gratitude compassion as well as a luxury gift.

I love working on large canvasses as the overall impact is so much more intense & engaging. They take on a life of their own. I love that I can produce beautiful works of art that clients love & purchase to exhibit in their homes & places of work.