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Art in the Mansion ~ Julia Harris, June Baumber & Rhian Goodhand
September 1, 2018 - September 13, 2018
Artist Statement – Julia Harris
I am a Welsh artist living in South Powys on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Parks, in a little village called Abercraf; my studio is open by appointment. (tel. 07973 717207). Where I live is a gift to any artist, as its only 3 miles from Craig y Nos Country Park in the Brecon Beacons National Parks, with its stunning beauty, and Adelina Patti’s county estate and castle, these magnificent grounds with its changing light with the seasons, from the deep greys of rain to golden shafts of sunlight that fight through (we do not suffer from light pollution here). My choice of home is no accident. My inspiration and vision comes from all that is around me; the mountains, the fields, the trees, the skies and the history of the area.
I attended Swansea College of Art at the very young age of 15; I wanted to be a commercial illustrator but ended up studying dress and design. With hindsight, had I been older, I would have taken a fine art degree instead of a craft course, but being young and influenced by the likes of Mary Quant it seemed the more exciting option at the time.
Up until 2005 my daily life activities were brimming over with the upbringing of my two children and a full time job but the urge to paint was continually eating away at me. Once the children flew the nest I made a decision to follow my desires and I embarked upon a journey to paint. To start my journey I attended a 3 day residential course in ‘Abstraction’, held at Gregynog. Being totally naïve I started my journey backwards, I thought it would be just another style although it has (my journey) taught me that every style requires a different approach and a different perspective and most importantly, you have to be good at art in the first place in order to attempt a new style. My journey of enlightenment, as I call it, was and still is one of the most enjoyable periods of my life and a huge stepping stone to my new life as an artist.
My style of art and subject matter is very varied. My favourite medium is watercolour which I feel is under-rated; whilst renown for being one of the most difficult medium’s to master I use it’s unpredictability to my advantage in creating exciting effects in my landscapes by allowing one pigment to merge into another.
I am delighted to be asked back again to Aberglasney Gardens, to exhibit my work from Friday 31st to Thursday 13th September 2018. Where you will have the opportunity to view and buy my new work. I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my exhibition space with both June Baumber and Rhian Goodhand from the Glasshouse. June has been making jewellery for 8 years, her studio tucked away in the shadow of the Black Mountain (Mynydd Ddu) in beautiful Carmarthenshire. Using Welsh handmade glass, semi-precious stones, and stunning vibrant handmade ceramic beads from Kenya, I produce unique jewellery that will give delight for years. (‘’I love Aberglasney, and it gives me great pleasure to exhibit again with Julia & Rhian’’).
I have been asked many times do I run painting courses at Aberglasney Gardens but have concentrated more on exhibiting. But this year I am able to offer watercolour courses in the gardens of Aberglasney. I have 2 dates available Sunday 24th June and Sunday 9th September. The workshops are designed to suit people of all abilities, from the complete beginner to someone who would like to improve their artist skills. If you would like to join me the cost is £65.00 which includes admission to the Gardens and materials (you are more than welcome to bring your own as well). For more information please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website www.juliaharris.wales to book your place. Spaces are limited to enable me to give you my best attention so please book early. Bookings can also be made by contacting Ran or Jane at Aberglasney on 01558 668998.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our private preview evening on Friday 31st August 6.30pm to 9pm. Usual admission to Aberglasney does not apply from 6.30pm.