Clarence Lane. 34 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 027 432 5914

Julie Stewart

In 1996,I obtained my B.A. Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

As my husband originally hails from Dunedin, I had visited NZ, particularly the South Island many times. Nelson district was very attractive for us and after experiencing another extreme Melbourne Summer, in mid 2010 we relocated to a lifestyle property near Wakefield. 

In the South Island the mountains and wonderful cloud formations are inspirational. My current work explores rnountains as landscape. Working in oils, I strive for atmosphere and luminosity. In the mountains, the light constantly changes; sometimes dramatic and harsh, sometimes soft and unifying but always beautiful. I am also influenced by the Romantic Painter Casper David Friedrich, J.M-W. Turner, and Australian artist, Richard Clements, who searched for the sublime. 

My painting has become an evolutionary process, developing as the surface is worked and reworked to create a sense of time and place; a journey of discovery into memory, space and solitude.