IT would be hard to think of a finer setting for an exhibition of wildlife paintings than the Barn Gallery at Sculpture by the Lakes, at Pallington near Dorchester, where Dorset artist Julie Brunn has her first ever solo show, on until Saturday 6th April.
After qualifying with a fine art degree from Birmingham in 2000, Julie went on to pursue a career in web based graphic design. However, a love of and interest in animals had a strong hold and she had a complete career change to become an animal keeper, first at Longleat Safari Park and eventually settling at Monkey World near Wareham.
When she started a family it gave her the opportunity to rediscover painting, combining her love of nature, animals and art.
She says: “My study of animals over the years has developed a skill in depicting their character and personality. Although a large proportion of my work is commission-based I also like to paint wildlife. The experience I have from working with exotic animals has allowed me to understand the nature and character of the subjects that I paint. Enabling me to create a natural and atmospheric image.”
Sculpture by the Lakes is a sculpture park set in 26 acres of beautiful countryside interspersed with Simon Gudgeon’s monumental sculptures.
Entry to the Barn Gallery is free and visitors can combine a trip to the exhibition with lunch at The Gallery Café and a stroll around the sculpture park. There is a charge for entry to the sculpture park.