Working in charcoal, ink, mixed media, watercolour and bronze, Julia Cassels brilliantly conveys the movement, power and character of her subjects, and has established a reputation as a highly-talented and popular wildlife artist.
Having first moved out to Africa aged 20, to live and work with the Maasai in the Rift Valley, Julia has been captivated by ‘the rhythms, shapes and rich colours of Africa’ ever since. Taking her paintbursh with her, she travelled extensively from Central America through to the Himalayan mountains, driving a landrover along the old Silk Route to Nepal, before settling in Africa and living in Zambia and then Tanzania for seven years. This love of the African bush, its character and wildlife, is clearly evident in every stroke of her paintings.
In her own words, Julia works, ‘from life and my own sketches which are often a mass of lines and shading, as they have more vitality and energy. I work fast and stand at my easel as I feel it instils a sense of immediacy. My subjects are portrayed as if “caught in a glance”, unaware that I am there.’
Julia now lives and works in the UK, travelling back to Africa on regular painting trips and attending her own painting workshops which she subsequently set up in Zambia.