I met Julia when she was living in London and attending quite a few of my art classes learning how to draw and paint the life model or nude. I feel because of her experience in this arena as a practicing artist Julia was very aware of the process of looking and painting a subject with all its intricacies and working methods.
This knowledge translated intuitively as she was much more at ease at the sitting sessions making it very much easier for me. I love the way Julia is looking away in this portrait. I think it shows the softer and more vulnerable side of her character and also hints at her sparkling humour. Julia had some ideas of how she wanted the background and general colours to be muted and dark. The dark dress combined with her dark hair against the background contrasts and set off her face beautifully. The more daring neckline of the dress that we chose has a simple and strong design. It allows space for the pearl necklace, a favourite jewellery piece of Julia’s. The extra touch of their lightness gives a balance to the natural tones of the skin.
The dark dress combined with her dark hair against the background contrasts and set off her face beautifully. The more daring neckline of the