Julia Wilkinson Art
Tranquil Views of Hope

Left: 'Duet in Pink and Green (Pyramidal Orchid)'

 

Acrylic on chunky canvas.

40x30cm (16x12").

2012-13.




  

Left: 'Cool Angels (Common Twayblade)'. 


Oil on chunky canvas.

91cmx60cm (36"x24")

2009.


'A Bee's View (British Orchids).

 

    

I created this art to express myself, to explore plant physiology and to campaign to protect these plants.

British orchids are rare and are threatened by habitat degradation, habitat change and human predation.  Last century some British orchids became extinct, including the Summer Lady's Tresses Orchid.  This is here as nothing, that is, the buyer receives absolutely nothing, as it became extinct in 1956 so there are no sufficiently detailed photographs of it to paint it in the same way as the others.

I believe in protecting orchids and other rare wildlife and habitats, but I also believe that Britain needs a lot of new housing, to house the homeless and provide low-cost housing, and that although a lot of housing could be built on brownfield areas, some of this new housing will probably need to be built in the countryside.  I think that with careful siting of new settlement areas, enough housing should be built, without degrading the countryside and wildlife too much.

For these works I enlarged photographs of small areas of the flowers, then copied these in great detail, showing the vibrant colours in a mysterious, abstract way.

Some of the paintings are nearly a meter tall and they contain a great deal of accurate information about the plants physiology.

I used oil or acrylic paints on chunky canvasses, building up many layers to produce glowing and also delicate colours.  The works are semi-abstract and glossy.



 

     

  

Left: 'Easter Orchid (Bee Orchid)'.

 

Acrylic on chunky canvas.

61cmx45cm (24"x18").

2012-13  


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Left: 'Misty Green (White Helleborine)'

Acrylic on chunky canvas.

2012-13.


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Left: 'Summer Lady's Tresses Orchid'. 2012

Buyer receives absolutely nothing.


Left: 'Minty Green (Autumn Lady's Tresses Orchid)'

Acrylic on canvas.

45cmx35cm (18"x14").

2009.


All rights reserved Copyright Julia Wilkinson 2018.

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Left: 'Pink Cloud (Common Spotted Orchid)'.


Oil on chunky canvas.

91x61cm (36x24").

2009-12