Julie Simmons trained as a commercial artist (Graphic Artist) on leaving school. This was followed working as a tracer and detail draughtsperson for an engineering company. Julie also produced exploded view drawings for car manuals.
Whilst having her family she completed two Diplomas in pottery at Penrith Tafe and for the next 16yrs had a successful career as a studio potter.
In 2004 she was drawn back to painting, in particular watercolours working in the wet in wet tradition. She felt her drawing skills, learned during her time in an art studio in the city were more suited to the medium of watercolour. Julie has developed her own unique style, pushing the boundaries of the watercolour medium to produce works full of light and depth of tone whilst maintaining the transparent quality of the medium.
Although Julie paints in oils, pastels and mixed media it is the medium of watercolour that excites her the most. She paints en plein air regularly. This painting outdoors is a crucial aspect of her work, developing shape and tone and consequently the subject is simplified with detail being kept to a minimum.
A number of councils and private businesses have acquired her work.
Julie is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society.
Her paintings can be viewed at
Gallery One88, Katoomba
Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach
Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain
2005 ‘Millthorpe’ Solo Show, Cobblers Garden Gallery Millthorpe
2006 ‘Coast to Country’ Solo Show, Cobblers Garden Gallery Millthorpe
2010 ‘Art by Two’ with Frank Hodgert, The Watch House Balmain
2011 ‘Triptych’ with Mellissa Read Devine and Taryn Malzard, The Wash House Rozelle
2011 ‘Oil and Water’ with Gloria Galvin, The Watch House Balmain
2012 ‘InsideOut’ with Mellissa Read Devine and Patricia Devine, The Watch House Balmain
2013 ‘Urbanesque’ Solo Show, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain
2014 ‘Scapes’ Solo Show, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain
2015 ‘Repousser les Limites’ Solo Show Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain
2016 ‘a la’aquarelle’ Solo Show Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach
2016 ‘Duet Dolce’ with Mellissa Read-Devine at Dank St Gallery
2019 ‘Here And There’ Solo show at Gallery One88, Katoomba
2019 ‘ Duo Show with Mellissa Read-Devine at Balmain Space
2020 ‘Finding My Way’ Solo Show at Gallery One88, Katoomba
2021 ‘Tumbledown’ with Mellissa Read-Devine at Aro Gallery, Darlinghurst
2022 The Affordable Art Fair with Depicture Artists, Sydney
Numerous group shows