Juli Hutchings was born in 1959 and is now based in Grafton on the Northern Rivers of NSW. Her early career was devoted to horses –working as a strapper and later managing a horse stud. She began studying commercial art in 1988, and has since pursued both interests with equal passion. Initially working in Graphic Design & feeling restricted creatively she made the transition to the Fine Arts & has been successfully exhibiting her works since. She is an intuitive artist who paints with tremendous energy & expression. Julie retains the discipline of drawing by organising & attending Life Drawing sessions weekly & the rest of her time is spent in her studio painting. Horses, racing and jockeys are a significant theme in one strand of her work, while her studies of the human form exhibit the energy and emotion she hopes to bring to her work. She has exhibited in a number of galleries, and her works are held in private collections in Australia and New Zealand.