I was painfully shy in primary school. I used drawing as a way to express myself, always uncomfortable to speak out in class but never to create a picture. Without being aware of it, I was using my art to speak for me. The copybooks that have lines at the bottom and blank pages at the top, meant my two favourite things could be combined; written words and imagery.
I guess I’m still telling stories with my art. When my paintings were once described as ‘like stills from a movie’ I thought, wow, what a beautiful description. I’ve never been drawn to creating abstract art. Invariably drawn to describing a place or a person literally, but with an ‘otherworldly’ quality to it. My bleach technique has become my way to do just that. As a kid I loved to hold the negatives of a camera roll up to the light. I became fascinated by how surreal these familiar scenes looked when in reverse. Over time I have realised that what I want to achieve as an artist is to make the ordinary look extraordinary; that way we might see the beauty in our ‘everyday’.
My name is Julie Potter and I am an artist and designer from Sligo, Ireland. I’m obsessed by light and always try to capture it in my work, ironically always starting out from a black canvas.
Whether it is nightlight, sunlight, dusk, streetlights, I’ve realised light and its affect on the feeling and ambience of the finished piece, is the common link in all my paintings. One feature that appears in a lot of my work is the window. I’ve tried to figure out why; I like to watch people and the window represents watching the world but from a distance, more comfortable one step removed. As an introvert I need my time alone, to recharge internally. My paintings show beautiful spaces, viewpoints that are warm and inviting, a place to reflect and rejuvenate, often scenes that are made up of various attractive items, a composite that forms a place I would love to spend time in.