Celebrated Portsmouth artist Julia Pankhurst has always known she had the gift of painting and after a couple of years at art school took it up properly in 2010. A spell in the Portsmouth Naval Base lead to a wide collection of ship paintings culminating in being commissioned, by the serving captain, to paint the final picture for HMS Illustrious before she was taken out of service in 2014. The original painting currently resides with the Queens neice (Lady Sarah Chatto) after being presented to her on the ships quarterdeck by Julia and the Captain.
Her favourite past time is painting character filled highland cattle and animals, seascapes and yachting scenes in the preferred medium of acrylics. Her natural ability to capture the energy and motion of the sea is creating quite a stir with her wave and beach scenes becoming increasingly popular.
An exhibition in the local seaside town of Gosport only served to reaffirm her popularty in the area and a spate of shows and exhibitions in 2016/17 has made her a lot of friends and fans up and down the country.
Julia has recently opened a new art gallery/studio in the Hampshire town of Waterlooville.