Based in south west Scotland Julie Dumbarton is an acclaimed landscape painter.
Julie has been drawing longer than she can remember, and painting since not much after that. As a youngster she was often to be found roaming the Lake District hills with her brother, sister and parents. Many weekends were spent scrambling up hills – surrounded by glorious landscapes, atmospheric skies and colourful plants.
Colour plays a key role in Julie's work and she likes to explore the tension between abstraction and representation, the duel between techniques and moods. A high or low perspective of densely knotted vegetation, a frantic pattern of grained wood or choking greenery that is so visually claustrophobic it has to be rescued by some sense of the landscape it lies in - she sees it as bolts of illumination.
"I find it hard to describe what I specifically want to convey through my work. They are made through feelings rather than words. If I was forced to sum up what I want to express, I would describe them as dreamlike and nostalgic yet contemporary. They speak of memories and the endurance of images. Atmospheric and melancholic, they are inconsequential moments that are highly charged.
Many times I’ve been asked what I think of when I’m painting, and I know that people expect an ‘arty’ answer, but the truth is that I am often lost in the process. I’m obsessed with colour, as you can see in many of my paintings, and strive to show the subtle details that we all see but often go unnoticed."
Behind each of her bold and joyful paintings there is much hard work and often Julie will spend 10 hours a day in the studio working on several pieces of work at any given time. Using paint she mixes to her own specifications, her paintings can take anywhere between 5 weeks and 5 months to create.