Julie-Ann Brown

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Capturing the ‘essence of a moment’ Julie-Ann paints Contemporary Realism. Portraits and images inspired by nature form the subject matter of her oil painting practice

Studio Details

Freshwater Studio
164 Freshwater Drive
Margaret River

Opening Hours

  • Sat 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 11 SeptClosed
  • Tue 12 SeptBy appointment
  • Wed 13 SeptBy appointment
  • Thu 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 18 SeptClosed
  • Tue 19 SeptBy appointment
  • Wed 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Thu 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 22 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 23 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 24 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Universal access

With grass roots in in the West Australian wheatbelt, Julie-Ann's interest in painting began after a move to Perth to take up tertiary studies in Art and Design. Two decades later, following a career in graphic design and advertising, she began her painting practice in Contemporary Realism. With every piece her ultimate goal is to capture the 'essence of a moment' which can often be fleeting but resonating; an intrinsic appropriation of her subject matter. Julie-Ann aspires to provoke an emotional connection with her audience. A fascination for the effects of light on her subject forms the inspiration of her work setting in motion the concept that begins her creative process. In the case of portraiture, she is motivated to convey expression and feeling; a sense of the subjects’ state of mind at the time in order to create curiosity and engagement with the paintings’ audience. Similarly with painting nature, she attempts to embrace her audience by creating an impression; evoking a feeling of contentment and desire. Enchanted by the rich, buttery texture of oil paint meant she had found at her chosen medium although this does not limit her willingness to express herself through alternative mediums according to what application is most appropriate to each artwork. A love of charcoal allows a brief whimsical prelude to oil paint forming the paintings base. Each piece is crafted over a significant amount of time, often many sessions, necessary to achieve fine detail and allowing her to review progress and consider alternate ways forward, evolving her original concept. Her style is interpretive; contemporary realism imbued by the subtle use of texture and tempered brushstroke; not so real as to be mistaken for photography. Julie-Ann painted out of Pakenham Street Artist Studios (PSAS) in Fremantle for two years which lead to a second successful solo exhibition. She exhibits widely in group shows where she has received a number of awards and commendations, most notably a finalist in the 2019 Lester Prize, Western Australia’s esteemed portrait prize. Julie-Ann has now settled on a beautiful forested property near Margaret River where she is currently building a new studio.


Retrospective Exhibition at Freshwater Studio

For the duration of the MRROS Event. Being new to Margaret River Region Open Studios the best way to convey my practice is to hold an exhibition showing what I do. Completed pieces have been borrowed back from private collectors but many will be available for sale. Mediums; - Original Oil Paintings - Aquarelle and Gouache on Hahnemühle Paper - Folios of Graphite drawings - Stretched Canvas Prints - Gilceé Prints - Greeting Cards Subject Matter; Landscape - Heavily WA focussed; Rottnest, Mill Stream National, Margaret River and Vineyards Waterscapes - Pieces with a more abstract interpretation of water including a mural on my watertank Portraits - up close and personal and situation portraits along with animals and birdlife I will also display architectural plans of the Studio I am intending to build as an insight to my future plans.

09 September 2023