Julie McCurry

Dunmore Swamp, 2023

61 × 91 cm
In the studio, plein air studies and photographs are used as a reference for the composition and intuitive selection of colours and brushstrokes, resulting in my interpretation of various places that I have visited or live nearby. For example, Minnamurra River estuary supports a large stand of mangroves and swamp oak forests. Plein air charcoal and gouache sketches were completed at one section of the river located near Dunmore. History refers to this area as “The Bloody Mile” due to significant and unusual events that have occurred.

Qualifications include Diploma in Education (2007), Master of Creative Arts (Painting 2006), Bachelor of Creative Arts with Distinction (majoring in painting, 2005). Finalist in significant art awards that include Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award (2023, 2020). Maldon Artist Network – Portrait Prize Painting Drawing and Mixed Media Section, The Maldon Artist Network (2022). Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Traditional Section, Campbelltown Arts Centre (2022, 2020, 2019, 2018). Lethbridge Landscape Prize – Salon de Refuses Section (2021). Zart National Teacher Artist Prize (2021). John Copes Watercolour Prize, Bowral Art Gallery (2021). Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2020). Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award (2020). FLOW National Contemporary Watercolour Prize (2019). My Highland Home Art Prize, Bowral District Art Society (2019). 9×5 Landscape Prize: Waverley Woollhara Art School (2018, 2019). Consecutive winner of the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize: Traditional Section Campbelltown Arts Centre (2016, 2017). Pirtek Still Life Art Prize, Bowral District Art Society (2016). Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Contemporary Section (2015). Waverley Art Prize, Acrylic Section (2006). Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Nowra (2002, 2004). Exhibitor in group and solo exhibitions.

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