"My primary focus and passion is capturing the visual beauty and emotional charge that light gives to the ocean, lakes, rivers and sky. It is light that creates beautiful reflections and gives water its transparency and colour. It also creates the wonderful glow and drama in our skies especially during twilight hours. Moments of great beauty are usually fleeting in nature and I seek to capture and hold them in the brushwork of the painting." Julia is a full time artist and is previously well known to many New Zealanders through her vivid watercolour paintings and posters from the early 1990’s; many of which feature in major hotels, corporate and commercial premises, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and Te Papa. Awarded the top prize for art in her senior year at high school, Julia ventured on to part-time study at the Christchurch Polytechnic in fine arts and graphic design whilst working as a graphic design junior. During her full-time career of 25 years as a graphic designer, Julia developed and retained her painterly skills by teaching art to children, exhibiting at various galleries both here and in Australia. Julia Drake’s latest acrylic paintings elicit her confident and dynamic approach to colour, composition and form.