Hello, my name is Julia Crossland and I'm really pleased to meet you.
I am an artist and illustrator, and I live with my family in a small village to the north of Sheffield. I am inspired by the coast and our beautiful Yorkshire countryside but also enjoy dreaming up whimsical pictures that have evolved from my imagination. I create bright, original paintings, prints and cards which are available through my website here, and also in these lovely locations:
The Caroline Temple Gallery
Julia was born in Sheffield in 1973, and has loved painting and drawing her whole life. Her mother and Nan were very creative people, one or the other was usually knitting or sewing something, and so her childhood was infused with ideas and inspiration which she carried with her through her time at school, college and the University of Plymouth where she eventually graduated with and HND in Interior Design
In 2006, after spending several years working as a freelance sign writer, Julia decided to start working for herself as an artist. There is a strong leaning towards coastal themes in her work, as she was very influenced by childhood holidays spent in Cornwall.
She is also inspired by the surrounding landscape of her beautiful homeland of Yorkshire and nearby Derbyshire. She now lives close to the Peninnes and she loves to disappear into the wild, bleak moorland to unwind and find new ideas to inspire her.
She is represented by several galleries in the UK and her work has also featured in exhibitions in the UK and Northern Ireland. Julia's work has also been featured in magazines and she was employed by an American publication to create a stunning front cover using textiles and embroidery to design a bride for their Valentines issue.
Julia also enjoys creating art with children and has been involved in some amazing projects at schools in Sheffield and Leeds including making and illustrating story books, and giving a talk to children who had created an exhibition based on Julia's work. She also ran workshops at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Over the years, Julia has evolved greatly as an artist, and we see through her portfolio how she has changed direction. Although she still enjoys painting coastal scenes, her more recent work sees her moving towards a very emotive and illustrative style of work which is inspired by nature and seasonal landscapes. She has work published and licensed by major UK companies including Whistlefish Galleries and Phoenix Trading, and is now represented by Pure Illustration Licensing Agency.
Julia's favourite things are being on the beach, cooking, good cake, friends, sunsets, sea swimming, yoga and reading.
Julia lives in a village just north of Sheffield with her partner, her daughter, and their long haired house guinea pig, Muffin.
Limited Edition Print: Twilight Magic
Limited Edition Mug