About Julia Evans
Julia lives in the village of Benidoleig, a small typical spanish village in the mountains. A single mum, she has five cats, two children a dog and a turtle. She lives above her studio (ArtHouse) which is a hive of creativity with other artists working everyday alongside the cats who often join in.
Julia Evans was born in London in 1982. Shortly afterwards her family moved to the South Coast of England where she was raised. Julia’s family business was interior design run by her mother. This was a perfect environment for a budding artist in which to grow up in. Julia studied art and design directly after leaving school at the local Northbrook College. She followed this with a foundation at Camberwell school of art and then went on to acquire a BA hons in Fine Art Painting at Brighton School of Art.
Julia embarked on a career as a painter exhibiting in group shows and selling to private clients in the UK. In 2007 Julia moved to Spain after her parents decided to retire there, with the idea of only staying for six months. However she fell in love with the country and the culture and has never left. After a year of living in Spain Julia opened ArtHouse.
I grew up in a house with the sounds of the sixties bouncing off the walls and this has and will forever inspire my love of music, especially the rock ’n’ roll of that era and the freedom of thought that it encouraged. I love to paint the idols that helped bring this free way of thinking forward smashing through social boundaries.
Then of course there is my feminist side that I also combine with a spiritual path that has found a way to wind through my life. It is through my Goddess collection that I celebrate this and the inner goddess that lives inside us all. For me painting is a very spiritual act that mimics life and allows ourselves to feel and be free. Freedom of thought promotes creativity and creativity promotes freedom of thought.
In the end this is for me the most important element to my work. To feel free and to help others feel free.
Portraiture is my first love and I think always will be. I am in love with people – trying to capture them on canvas, not just to recreate a likeness but to evoke something of their nature with my brush.
I had never been moved to paint Landscapes until I moved to Spain. Of course there are stunning Landscapes in the Uk but I am not somebody who enjoys cold weather and that had always put me off. However the Mediterranean Landscapes that sit outside my window call me to paint them and there is nothing I love more than working outdoors with the sun beating down on my back.
ArtHouse started as a working gallery where artists could meet, attend classes and exhibit their work. Soon into this Julia realised that there was a huge market for people who longed to paint yet had never picked up a brush and didn’t know where to start. She started creating courses for complete beginners. Since then ArtHouse has gone from strength to strength and has now been running for nine years. Julia believes that anyone can paint if they desire and she has proved this theory time and time again.
Julia has decided to expand this idea into art holidays, allowing those that do not live in Spain to experience her revolutionary teaching methods
Since living in Spain Julia’s own work has also developed and she is a successful selling artist. She has exhibited in many group and solo shows in Spain and runs her own online gallery. Her recent collection is based around Rock ‘n ‘ Roll and Movie icons.