Julie Eleanor Barnes

Artist Member

I am a painter with a passion for telling a story. My work tells stories about people and nature often with a dreamlike quality, a combination of the imagined and observed, the seen and the unseen realms. Themes include fragility, innocence, vulnerability, the transience of time. I believe paintings really can speak a thousand words, they can be haunted by the past, make a connection with the viewer, conjure up and alter a sense of time and reality. I love the power of colours, such a fundamental part of our daily lives, filling the senses with their own life force. At its simplest, I hope to add a sense of beauty and stillness to an often chaotic world.

I have shown my figurative paintings throughout the UK. In 2018 my work was selected for both the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and the Sunday Times Watercolour prize Exhibitions.


Royal Scottish Academy, Keith Prize 2007

University of London (UCL) TS Eliot: Lady Belladonna Bursary 2014

GACC Award East Lothian Armistice Project 2018

Visual Artists and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) 2018


Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) and invited VAS Council member.

Society of Scottish Artists (SSA)

Paisley Arts Institute (PAI)