Artist Profile


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