A picture is worth a thousand words.

Napoléon Bonaparte

Julie Silvester

A watercolour artist at first, Julie Silvester turned her hand to pastels in 1999 and now works solely in the medium. A lifelong fascination with water has been a constant inspiration for Julie, who spent a year camping along the coastline of Australia with her family in 1998.

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Her love of Western Australian land and seascapes is evident in the accuracy with which she manages to capture the fleeting movement of water, the dry dust of a lake bed or a coral bed rippling under the low tide. The coast line of Rottnest and rural Perth have been rendered in utmost detail for this Artist of the Month exhibition, Silvester balancing blue skies, sandy shores and crystal clear seas to create harmonious compositions. Her seascapes are both delicate and vibrant, Silvester having mastered the difficult art of achieving a tactile patina in pastels. The exhibition will run throughout January so pop in for a chance to view this impressive body of work by Julie Silvester.


Julie was born in Perth 1962.

Julie has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. She began painting in watercolours at the age of 30 and in 1999 changed to pastels due to their vibrancy, immediacy and the fact there was no drying time!

As a child she entered numerous art competitions through school and the local community. Julie Silvester has received over 70 awards since she began exhibiting her work in 1992.

“From the age of twenty I’ve had the travel bug, travelling to the Eastern States, Asia, and Europe and in 1998 had the greatest pleasure spending a year long camping trip with my family around the magnificent coastline of Australia”.

Julie goes to many locations that interest her and then intensively photographs them. The photographs are then her information source for details.  The overall experience of being at the actual place helps her to complete the work with her own interpretation.

“Water, in all its aspects, has fascinated me for years. I’ve enjoyed painting its reflection, its rapid movement and its overall incorporation with mankind and the coastal landscape”.

“My art is constantly evolving. The journey of self expression with paint or pastel is an exciting and fulfilling one for me. Through my artwork I try to capture moments in time and hope these works bring enjoyment spiritually and visually to the viewer as much as it did for me creating them.”

2006   “On the Beach” – open art studio – Mullaloo
2004   “Coastal Aspects” – Albrecht Fear Real estate              “Where Land Meets Sea” – Evans and Tate winery – Margaret river
2003   “Classic Waters” – Evans and Tate Winery – Margaret River
2002   West Stirling Neighbourhood House – Doubleview
2001   West Stirling Neighbourhood House – Doubleview

2006   “Dash of Red” – Tresillian Community Centre – Nedlands            “Summer Arts Exhibition” – Garden Art Studio – Yallingup
2005   “Just Coasting” – Tresillian Community Centre – Nedlands            “C – Big Blue Wobbly Thing That Mermaids Live In” – Fetish Gallery – Cottesloe            “Visions of Six” – Old Royal George Gallery – Fremantle2004   “Birds of a Feather” – Tresillian Community Centre – Nedlands2003   “Diversity of Five” – Houghtons winery – Swan Valley

2014  Shark Bay Waters  – 2nd Prize          Shire of Morawa  – Best Work on Paper         Gascoyne Art Award – Best Open
2013  Pinjarra Rotary Club – Highly commended / Peoples choice          WA Pastel Society – 1st Prize Pastel           Victoria Park awards – Best work on paper
2012  Wongan Hills – Highly commended          Wagin Woolarama – Presidents Vote          City of Belmont – Acquisition Open Art Award           St Marys Anglican Exhibition – Peoples Choice           Beverley Art Awards – 1str Prize Pastel           Pinjarra Rotary Art Awards  –  Peoples Choice
2011  City of Stirling – Best Local Artist           Dalwallinu Arts Festival – Peoples Choice           Arthritis Foundation Art Awards – Peoples Choice           Victoria Park Art Awards – Peoples Choice           Newdegate Art Exhibition –  1st Prize Pastel
2010  Perth Royal Show – Peoples Choice           Kondinin Art Show – Peoples Choice           Bassendean Art Awards  –  Peoples Choice           Newdegate Art Exhibition –  Peoples Choice           Morawa Shire  –  1st Prize Overall           WA Pastel Society   –  Peoples Choice           Victoria Park Art Awards  – 2D Award           Wagin Woolararma  –  1st Prize Pastel
2009  Katanning Art Awards  –  Peoples Choice           Dalwallinu Arts Festival  –  1st Prize Pastel           Newdegate Art Exhibition  –  !st Prize Pastel           Pastel Society  –  Peoples Choice           Belmont Art Awards  –  People’s Choice
2008  Wagin Woolarama  –  Best overall           Wagin Woolarama  –  1st Prize Pastel           Beverley Art Awards  –  !st Prize Dry Media
2007  Bayswater Art Award   –    Peoples Choice           Dalwallinu Arts Festival –    1st Prize Pastel / Peoples Choice           Wanneroo Art Society   –    Peoples Choice           Belmont Art Awards  –   Peoples Choice           Victoria Park Art Awards  –  Peoples Choice           Pinjarra Rotary Art Awards  –  Peoples Choice           Wagin  Woolarama   –  1st Prize Pastel        Wagin Woolorama – 1st Prize Pastel
2006   Gascoyne Regional Art Award – Best Seascape             Gascoyne Regional Art Award – Best painting depicting Gascoyne Region             City of Melville – People’s Choice             Cossack Art Award – Highly Commended             Perth Royal Show – Judges Commended             Trinity College – People’s Choice
2005  Bayswater Art Award – People’s choice            City of Wanneroo – People’s choice            City of Stirling – Councils choice and highly commended             Victoria Park Art Awards – People’s choice             W.A. Pastel Society – People’s choice 2005  Cossack Art Award – Highly commended             Wanneroo Art Society – People’s choice
2004   Wagin Woolarama – Best overall exhibit             Gascoyne Regional Art Award – Best overall exhibit             Bayswater Art award – People’s choice             Cockburn Art award – 1st prize mixed media             Wanneroo Art Society – People’s choice             Rockingham Regional Art award – Best overall exhibit             Williams Art Awards – 1st Prize pastel
2003   Wanneroo Art Society – People’s choice             Rotary Club Pinjarra – 1st prize pastel             Melville City Art Award – People’s choice             Williams Art Awards – 1st Prize pastel

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