Location: USA, Northern California

One word that best describes your style: Beauty. That’s what I’m interested in.

"Success for me means loving the work I’m producing, looking at it with pride and knowing that some of it will be around making other people happy for a long time." Meet Julia Watson...

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I’m a morning person. I get up early and take some time for breakfast, coffee, email and news, then a workout or a walk. I usually have two painting sessions per day - one before lunch and one in the late afternoon. I also work part-time for a gallery, handling behind-the-scenes and Internet work, so that gets sandwiched in as needed. I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule, which is what I like.

2. What does your studio look like?
My studio is a converted bedroom in my home. That means I can walk down the hall and glance in – sometimes seeing exactly what needs to happen next with the painting that’s on my easel. I’m very neat, with my paints all neatly sorted and lined up. Maybe I can get some therapy for that!


Blue in the Pink Kitchen by Julia Watson

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.

The layering of colors. It’s subtle, and it doesn’t always come through in a photo, but there are gradations of color that can only happen when you use transparent paints and thin layers.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?

The freedom and flexibility. I can paint almost anything I want at any time I want.

5. Which is your favourite artpiece so far and what is the story behind it?

Probably “Blue in the Pink Kitchen” or “Nocturne #2.” The former because it’s suggestive of a story, the latter because it’s technically one of the best things I’ve done so far.


Nocturne #2 by Julia Watson

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
My husband, my garden, my morning coffee.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
At the easel. I like this quote from artist Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs.” To me that means you have to get in the studio and start painting, then inspiration comes as you’re working.

8. What does success look like to you?
Success for me means loving the work I’m producing, looking at it with pride and knowing that some of it will be around making other people happy for a long time.

For a slice of floral beauty in your home, chat with Julia Watson now!