Julie Alison McDonald was born in Brighton and spent much of her childhood sketching or creating things, making doll’s clothes, rugs, cane baskets and plaster of Paris models, as well as knitting and crocheting. Julie has also written poetry over the years and one day plans to publish a book of all her poems. She also enjoys music and playing piano duets with friends from time to time.
Julie discovered her love of painting around 6 years ago, when she received a special birthday present! Her husband gave her a painting workshop day with the artist, John Thompson, at Nyman’s Gardens, Handcross. Here, she learnt how to spread copius amounts of acrylic paint across boards, using mostly her hands! She loved the experience so much, that it started a whole new journey, leading on to a visit to Florence, where she learnt watercolour skills and painting ‘en plein air’. In recent times, Julie has found it difficult to put the paintbrush down!!!
Over the past couple of years, Julie has been lucky enough to receive commissions to prepare illustrations for two books, which have given her a wealth of experience. She has now created illustrations for her own series of children's picture books, (Binkie & Friends' Adventures). The first in the series is - Binkie's Great Egg Paint Off! - and the second is - Binkie's Sparkling Surprises. They are both available at a number of outlets, including Waterstones, as well as from this website.
Julie recently featured in, Emma Wilcox's female artist of the month blog. Click here to view.