Julie Sumner lives near Deal and creates ‘Drawn Paintings’. Various techniques have been developed using a mixture of chalk pastel, graphite, charcoal and paint. The canvases are hand made by the artist from cutting the wood, to pinning and stretching the fabric over the frame. Paintings are often created in a series that is time based and are in response to the changes of light and weather in the local landscape and by the sea.
‘Sea Signatures: Breakdance [Deal, Feb 2019]’ (image shown) is made from a selection of sketches drawn directly in front of the sea in response to its flow and rhythm. If ‘drawing is taking a line for a walk’ (Paul Klee) then – in front of the waves the line goes for a hop, skip and a jump.
Julie Sumner graduated from the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury in 2017 with a degree in Fine Art and won the Watts Gallery Winsor and Newton Painting Prize for her expansive, colourful and whimsical ‘Doodle Series’ paintings. These formed the basis of the ‘Flat Out’ series, exhibited in November 2019. She is currently painting ‘Sea Signatures’ paintings and ‘A Year of Skies’ 2020.