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Ju­lia Hawkins, a Lat­vian artist who loves to paint en plein air, is ide­ally placed at her home near Leather­head to ex­plore the Sur­rey coun­try­side on her doorstep.

“When you live in such a beau­ti­ful area as I do, the stun­ning places and the views just beg to be painted,” she says. “I live near Box Hill, a place with a very spe­cial air about it. Some­times I think it is like Mount Fuji, with the ever chang­ing clouds that sur­round it. I love to watch the dif­fer­ent moods cre­ated by the weather and plan to paint the view in the var­i­ous cli­mate con­di­tions over the next year or so.”

Ju­lia orig­i­nally trained as an il­lus­tra­tor, a skill she finds valu­able in plan­ning her paint­ings. She started work­ing in oils eight years ago and joined the Dork­ing Group of Artists (DGA) and Leather­head Art Club. With their sup­port she de­vel­oped her own, beau­ti­fully fluid style of paint­ing, and was re­cently ac­cepted as an As­so­ciate of the Royal In­sti­tute of Oil Painters.

See Ju­lia’s work in DGA’S ex­hi­bi­tion at Den­bies this Oc­to­ber. Web: den­ and ju­li­a­hawkin­

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