Introducing - Julie Morris
Julie was born in Adelaide South Australia. Her early career was in retail advertising but her ambition to work with animals started off as sketching and painting family pets and native animals. In 1973 she travelled to the UK, moving around photographing wildlife for future artwork.
Returning to Australia Julie settled in Sydney, accepting commissions and working privately in wildlife painting whilst being employed by an advertising company.
In 1976 she was commissioned by a large marketing company to head their Wildlife Fine Art Division, producing high quality calendars and art works for clients such as Qantas, Rolls Royce and DuPont. During this period she travelled to North America and extensively around Australia, studying, photographing and sketching wildlife in its environment, while holding successful wildlife art exhibitions at Paddington, Roseville and Taronga Zoo. A leading marketing company commissioned her to paint limited edition prints for sale on the Asian and American market. At this time Julie started work at Taronga Zoo in Sydney as one of their leading wildlife Artists and has produced many fine art animal graphics and posters.
In 1991 she started teaching students in both wildlife painting and general painting. She has held private workshops in her studio, as well as weekend workshops at Gosford Art Centre, CamryAllen in the Hunter Valley, Karingal at Wallis Lake and the Capertee Valley. Specialising in wildlife Art, Julie has received drawing workshops at several Art Societies as well as Taronga Zoo in Sydney and at the Museum of Sydney in conjunction with the Ferdinand Bauer exhibition.
Julie has worked in most mediums: oil, acrylics, gouache, pen and pastels, her love of drawing has won her two awards in Sydney Art Exhibitions. Many of her paintings, both from sales at exhibitions and private commissions hang in public and private collections all over the world.
In “Artists and galleries of Australia” Max Germaine lists Julie as a painter of birds and animals as he does in “Australian Authors”. Due to publications of five children’s books and one library reference book on Australian Mammals, she is listed in DW Thorpe’s 2nd Edition of “Who’s Who of Australian Writers”, by Reed Reference Australia.
A series of Australian wildlife paintings were commissioned for use as placemats and coasters by Hale Imports for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney for general sale.
As well as being busy painting commissions and fine art paintings for sale in galleries, Julie has been involved with painting the many birds and animals on exhibit for use in labels for Taronga Zoo and Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo.
Since moving back to South Australia in 2006, Julie joined the Upstairs Gallery in Mount Barker where for four months she was one of three Artists in Residence. She exhibits artworks at Porter St Wildlife Gallery, Goolwa. SA, Studio 81 in Woodside. SA and is a member of the Artist’s group, Artist’s Voice which exhibits at the Hahndorf Gallery in Hahndorf. SA. Where she recently exhibited a drawing in the prestigious Heysen Art Prize.
Julie is at present preparing paintings for an exhibition at Wilson’s’ Gallery at Robe to open in November for the Summer season, aThreatened Species Art Exhibition for the Nature Conservation Foundation SA to be held in October at The Burnside Council Atrium. Adelaide SA and at Artistic License Gallery, North Adelaide in October. As well as painting commissions of beloved pets for clients.
Julie paints from her own studio at home in Mount Barker, where she lives with her husband Gary, and their dogs.