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About the Artist

Julie Spencer-Hunt

My Roots
I was born in Northwich, Cheshire in 1948. From a young age I was always drawing and painting. We later moved to Hale , Cheshire, where I attended primary school and Altrincham Grammar School for girls. The head was very old school and strict and I struggled paying attention in class, so by the 5th form I started to rebel, and often escaped into the art room! My art teacher was amazing! - Mrs Pat Cooke, who was also a bit of a rebel. She often wore very short skirts and Mary Quant patterened tights - and very big hair - very colourful and extrovert! We all loved her and she was a brilliant teacher. She was very strict in spite of this!
Art was not considered an important subject in those days and there was little money available for materials - so we would have to buy our own or improvise. My teacher encouraged me to do quck figure sketches using a twig and coffee, which earned me a good reputation! She taught me how to be resourceful and creative, and experiment as I still like to do today, when I can.
I later did a foundation course at Manchester College of Art.
Then I did a diploma course in fine art at Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham!
My rebellious behaviour (bane of my life!) made me leave the course after an argument with my tutor
I later did a teacher training course at Mather College of Further Education in Manchester.
I flunked that too and got involved in statring a Free School in a deprived area of Manchester, with some friends. Sadly, in spite of all our efforts and idealism, we were up against a brick wall, with no money or support we had to abandon it.

Marriage and Motherhood
Not a lot of painting was done during the early years - apart from splashy, fun stuff with the children!
I did a fair bit of sketching, of the chidren and cats for example just to keep my hand in!
I still treasure those drawings to this day, along with the memories

Later Years
We moved house quite a bit when I was married, though I have lived in Hampshire for a while now, residing now in Petersfield, Hampshire, UK, where I am a member of Petersfield Arts and Crafts Societiy - (PACS)
I have attendeed many art courses over the years, and also ran my own classes and workshops, for adults and sometimes children.
I sometimes do events eg school and village fayres as well as craft fairs etc, where I offer quick portrait sketches, take commissions for portraits, pets and other subjects - usually from photos. I also have a few paintings, prints and cards, (made from my paintings), for sale.
I occasionally exhibit paintings too at various places, galleries, pubs, cafes etc

My Own Work
I love to experiment with different media and styles.
I paint in watercolour, acrylic, silk paints, pastels or a mixture of several media.
I like to think I am a free spirit, and am inspired by the elements - especiaaly water but also air ( I used to be a glider pilot!)
I try to capture the atmosphere and movement of water and sky, and love to be by the sea.
I love painting freely and loosesly, though I can do detail too- (especially in commissioned work) but I hope some of that free spirit is expressed in all my work!
And I love colour too - so very rarely use black!

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