Julia Hawkins

“My creative and teaching methods are supported by universal principles of composition and colour. Inspired by the masters of the past as well as painters of the early 20th Century, I encourage my students to use their imagination, blending reality with experiment.”

When teaching my students to paint, I encourage them to use a process known as ‘subtraction’, when the detail is simplified and often made subordinate to the more important elements of painting and drawing – construction or tone.

Being a figurative painter involves a lot of practice in front of the subject outside or in the studio. At the same time it is never about pure copying, it’s often about analysis, logic as well as inspiration and originality.

I trained in drawing in the 1970s and later studied at the Latvian Academy of Arts. I am an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and a member of Chelsea Art Society, also regularly exhibiting with the New English Art Club and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

I teach Oil Painting and Drawing courses in Surrey and have also taught drawing at the Royal Academy.