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Living in Suffolk my subjects are often related to the beautiful local landscapes that surround me, particularly water-based areas such as reeds and rivers. Although each picture evolves during the painting process perhaps leaving only a figment of the original image. The vast Suffolk skies are often a main feature in my pictures as these are an important feature in this local landscape. Some examples of my work include: Iken Church, Bawdsey and the River Deben, at Woodbridge.

Much of my work is carried out with a palette knife using a technique called "impasto" to provide a three-dimensional appearance. Texture, is important and a layering technique is achieved by using a palette knife to formulate different strokes and layering the oil paints thickly over several weeks, providing depth and contrast in tones. Using a knife allows me to move freely across the canvas this tends to provide a feeling of escapism. Maggi Hambling, is a local artist who has inspired me with her powerful wave paintings full of energy and texture.

Julie Driscoll at Work in Her Studio

Having studied "A" Level Art, I then did a BSc and Diploma in Occupational Therapy and have used art as a creative and therapeutic tool for many years in England and abroad, during which I found it invaluable when working with people suffering from forensic, addictive and psychiatric histories. I contiune to offer art therapy here at my studio in Suffolk. Hopefully, my previous career path can be reflected in my work representing emotive and atmospheric impressionist landscapes. Harry Becker ( 1865-1928) another local Suffolk artist tended to use muted colours thus creating sensitivity and serenity which may also be shown in some of my work.

I have experimented with a variety of media although at present I am enjoying the freedom and thickness of oil paints. Usually, I tend to use a limited range of colours prefering to mix my own and adjusting this on the canvas as my work evolves. Most images are created from memories and photographs of places I have known since childhood and where I take my children now still rugged and unspoilt. Some places are realistic and others are more mysterious allowing people the freedom to create their own " special place ".

Although, mostly self-taught I have studied with local tutors to develop my knowledge of theory and practicalities. More recently, I have a leaning towards more contemporary artists which I hope can be acknowledged in my work.

I am an artist member of the Ipswich Art Society.