Julie Simmons trained as a commercial artist on leaving school and after having her family had a successful career as a studio potter. In 2004 she was drawn back to painting, in particular watercolours, working in the wet in wet tradition. Julie has developed her own unique style, pushing the boundaries of the watercolour to produce works full of light and depth of tone whilst maintaining the transparent quality of the medium.
Although Julie paints in oils, pastels and mixed media it is the medium of watercolour that excites her the most. She also paints plein air on a weekly basis as well as on numerous week long painting trips each year. This painting outdoors is a crucial aspect of her work as it makes her concentrate on shape and tone and consequently the subject is simplified with detail being kept to a minimum.