I live and work in London.
People and places are my inspiration, from Wooded lanscapes to wild seascapes, locations seen on my travels, to portraits captured anonymously on the London underground or observations of everyday situations and scenes.
Painting and drawing is my passion. I work fast, one piece of work going through many transitional stages and forms, drawn from my observation drawings. I work in both electronic media and traditional painting and drawing materials.
Traditionally my sketch books were the starting point for my bold oil paintings and mixed media pieces, rich in colour and movement. However with the introduction of my iphone as my electronic sketchbook, I find myself looking at my subject matter with new eyes. My imagery, has become more illustrative and has taken on a narrative quality. The portraits attempt to tell a story about the people, the locations or the situations I observe as I draw.
Appointed as the FIRST Artist in residence for Crossrail in London 2014-2016
Exhibitions & Events
2022 "Canada water - At the crossroads of change " my commision piece is currently on display in the British Land Canada water marketing suite in South East London.
2020/21 : Canada water - At the crossroads of change" 2020/21 - A bespoke digital commission produced on my Ipad, for British Land capturing the local community and landscape before its transformation. As the project progresses a follow on piece will be created to showcase the additions British Land will be making to the local neighbourhood and the emergence of a new urban area in East London.
2018 Participated in Sculpture in the City and Sculpture Fest one day event in June
2017 Random group show Crouch End Open Studios
2017 Capturing London at The Broadgate Tower EC2 Feb- Sept
2016 Above & below the line Crossrail Showcase November 2016
2016 Crouch End Open Studios
2014 Julie Leonard Captures London --a private show hosted by the Balkan Artists Guild (BAG)
2014 Crouch End Open Studios
2014 Appointed Artist in residence for Crossrail
2013 Londonist 150 years of the Underground : tube drawings : see at
2012 Southgate Open Studios & Art Trail – Sketching workshop and exhibition
2010 Primrose Hill café - new work show.
2009 One Man Show Town Mill, Lyme Regis
2008 4 Man Show Gallery Five Nottinghill, London
2007 Essex Summer Open South-End on Sea, Essex
2006 Selected for Royal Academy Summer Show, London
2005 Singer Friedlander Water Color competition – The Mall Galleries
2004 3 Man Show the Conningsby Gallery London
2003 Group Show with the NottingGill Group Fulham London
Studied Fine Art Painting at De Montfort University 1982 – BA Hons. Fine Art
Other professional Work
Event project management, book production and Exhibition Curation – Royal College of Art (London)
Development /fund raising for in the Architecture and Design: Open–City (London)
Other personal interests:
Architecture and London’s landscape and culture