Julie Raworth

"Your style places you in an artistic realm that is somehow dream-like, almost Surreal, yet not quite there, as if some ghostly memory from a far-away place; yet somehow entirely familiar. Is a vision that resonates with the viewer long after viewing."
Artist Website: http://www.spectrumexpression.com/
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At a young age when, instead of sticking pictures up of my favourite movie and popstars I found myself recreating images of them in pencil, with the spiky hair of Limahl and the dark smoky Adrian Zmed from TJ Hooker. Once my talent was identified I had art teachers fighting over me to inspire and influence me. I was selected from the county to go on art trips to Wales and allowed a 2nd trip in 6th form to the famous Art museums of Paris.

It was always my intention to go to University to study Fine Art, but first I had to complete a 1 year Art Foundation diploma course in Banbury to explore all of the creative arts. It was here I came to recognise that, whilst technically skilled, my work lacked personality, individuality and expression. Whilst I excelled in art history and critically evaluating art I had not yet developed my own philosophies and style. Instead, I found myself listening to all the doubts about a fine art degree, that there was no clear job at the end of it, and followed my then fiancee to Sandwell for 2 year National Diploma in Photography. This led to dead end work in photographic labs, so in my early twenties I let it all go, including my fiancee, and spent my twenties travelling and living my life.

Stepping forward to my 30's, having finally come to identify my chosen career as a Counselling Psychologist and I knuckled down to 10 years of hard graft of study and work to achieve it. This was the start of my new found expression as, through the mandatory personal therapy, I came to recognise that I was indeed a very sensitive, emotional and expressive person. This was in contrast to the methodical, practical and cognitive person I thought I was. I realised this was a construct of my parents British 'stiff upper lip' way of managing with emotions and problems. This expressive side never came out in my art or music, but at times I did produce some abstract and surreal pieces of writing and also reflective, journalistic pieces recording stages in my journey.

Now in my 40's I am finally finding my expressive and emotional self. This sits in parallel with the career I am creating for myself, therefore, finding my own philosophies and theories. I had worked in diffferent capacities with children and found myself working with them therapeutically with Relate. Through training I came to realise that I could facilitate a catharsis of emotion through art, for the children and for myself. Children don't have the language to alway describe what's going on for them, but their art and play expresses and reconstructs an internal world in which I have now unleashed in my own art. Young people are blessed that they are yet to be rigidly stuck in social contructs and narratives of values and etiquette that can inhibit expression as an adult. Now, I don't concern myself with technicalities and the 'right' way to do things, but instead reach towards my unconscious sensations and experiences to create undefined shapes, colours and images. Throught this I have been able to see a journey of my 'self' through the changes in style whilst identifying key themes throughout.

I have also rewarded myself with a DSLR camera and now enjoy capturing images of nature, landscapes and portraits that inspire me to engage with and feel open, safe and expressive in the world again following 10 years of isolation into study.

Her art aims to express, be proud of and develop her creativity in a variety of media and develop her own philosophies and psychologies of art.