Julie Dunster is passionate about painting from life, on location, in all weathers. She works in oils, hoping to capture the essence of a moment in the landscape, an emotion in a portrait, a narrative in a still life. Occasionally she works in her mid Devon studio, often using studies made en plein air to inform her painting, or painting commissions,
like this 2.2m long oil painting of a beautiful garden, painted as requested as if everything was out in bloom all at once.
She has exhibited landscapes, still life, marine paintings and portraits at the Mall Galleries, London and sold at the prestigious Royal Society Of Marine Artists Exhibition for the last 3 years.
She has also exhibited there with the Royal Institute Of Oil Painters for the last 3 years, with the New English Art Club, Society of Women's Artists and has also exhibited with the South West Academy of Fine Art.
As a finalist, her work is also permanently in the American Plein Air Salon Winners Gallery online. Highly commended for her painting of HRH Queen Elizabeth's private moat garden at her first painting competition (Windsor & Eton En Plein Air in 2018) Julie participated in the Art In The Open Festival and exhibition in Ireland and won first prize in The Broadway Paint Off in the Cotswolds in 2019. She was also invited to be Artist In Residence at the Salcombe Merlin Regatta 2019.
She has exhibited in group shows at The Harbour House gallery in Kingsbridge, and has had solo shows at local venues across Devon, including The Ginnel Gallery, Salcombe, and also in Western Australia, where she lived for nearly four years.
In 2022 National Trust Killerton exclusively invited her to hide a modern painting of Killerton among other historical paintings in their drawing room, and hold further "Plein-air-apy"workshops.
In addition to social media, she currently exhibits at Seaglass Gallery, Lympstone, and Vandlys Galleri, Exeter. She welcomes interest from new galleries. Her studio is open by appointment.
She enjoys running personalised "Introduction to painting en plein air" workshops for individuals and small groups, and offering demonstrations for art societies, drawing upon years of experience running training courses in the commercial and voluntary sector. Julie also holds a first class degree in Education and Psychology.
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you from us both for your brilliant course. We learnt so much from you and your generosity was much appreciated. We have much to think about and need lots of practice, but thanks for inspiring us and setting us on the painting road. You are a very good teacher and should do more teaching!" Sashi Gore