About Julia Pankhurst
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I have always known since a young girl that I had a gift for painting. After leaving Epsom Art School, having spent a couple of years doing a foundation course, I spent several summers in town centres earning a living as a portrait artist. At that age I did have a lack of direction, not knowing what area of art I wanted to specialise in, which meant that it fell by the wayside for many years.
Whilst working in the Portsmouth Naval base, in 2010, I decided to dust off my easel and take out my brushes again and I painted my first seascape painting featuring a warship HMS Ark Royal – ‘All Quiet at Twilight’. Its success encouraged me to paint a whole collection of Maritime paintings culminating in being asked to paint the final commissioned painting of HMS Illustrious prior to her being decommissioned in 2014. The original painting was presented to Lady Sarah Chatto, (the Queen’s niece), on the quarterdeck of the aircraft carrier by myself and the ship’s Captain.
In 2017 I was commissioned by BAE Maritime Services to paint the official handover painting of HMS Queen Elizabeth in celebration of her being commissioned into Her Majesty’s Royal Navy. It was a great honour that the original painting was presented to the ship’s Captain and is now displayed on board in the ‘Flag dining room’ – where Royalty and dignitaries will be entertained for the duration of the ships service.
Living by the sea in Southsea has given me a real love and appreciation for the ever changing mood of the sea. However I equally love to paint animals, and especially mischievous highland cow.
Julia now have an art gallery/studio in the Hampshire town of Waterlooville, where I am constantly expanding my portfolio.