Artist Bio - Julie Reason
I am primarily a Watercolour artist living at the Southern Grampians, Victoria. My artistic journey started by completing studies in Art at school. Inspired by both Italian and French masters. Having no formal training my early works consisted of graphite sketches of works by Renaissance artists. During my teens A graphite drawing was shortlisted from Australia Wide entries in the 1975 Faber Castell for exhibition in Sydney, this early achievement inspired me in my pursuit of art.
The love of nature is obvious in all my works and over time iv'e gone from graphite into watercolour and now to oils. I have had great success in shows in Australia and overseas and am currently a member of various Botanical Art and Wildlife Art Groups including Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Botanic Artist Society of Australia, Wildlife Artist Society of Australia and others. Botanical art is a large part of my artistic life, but not exclusively.
An attention to detail is prominent in my all my work, Looking so closely at living things you are suddenly aware of how complex, breathtaking and precious nature is, studying birds with their personalities and movement is a challenge I enjoy.
Living at the foot of the Grampians is an inspiration with such a wide variety of wildlife, birds and botanical subjects.
I have won many Awards and have accepted various Commissions. Most of my works are in private collections around Australia and Overseas
Membership of Art Organisation
FRBG-Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
BASA- Botanical Artists Society of Australia
WASA- Wildlife artists Society of Australia
Works have been exhibited with these groups and various others.
Other Exhibitions and notable Awards
Many and various Highly commended
2010 Melton art show – highly commended -Botanical
2011 Ocean Grove art show – Best Painting
2012 Exhibited at the Art of the Botanical, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
2014 Exhibited work" Chrysanthamums" chosen FRBG 2014 calendar
2013 Exhibited at BASA
2014 Peninsula Art Show- Best Watercolour
2015 Peninsula Art Show - Best Watercolour
2016 Flinders art show - Best Flora and Fauna
2019 Coleraine Art & Photography Show - Honourable mention ( The Meeting Place)
2019 Coleraine Art & Photography Show - Honourable Mention ( Palm Cockatoos)
2019 Penshurst Art Show - Best in Show
2019 Australian Watercolour Muster & International Fabriano in Aquarello, catalogue only, 1 of 33 from Australia touring Italy in may 2020 for Fabriano in Aquarello Exibition
2019 Portland Art Show - Best Still Life
2019 Portland Art Show - Highly Commended
My Artshow Awards