Julia Hall was born in 1974 in South Devon. She read Modern History at Oxford University and since then has lived and worked in Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, London and New York, before moving to North Devon with her family in June 2014.
Her long interest in creating began as a child with graphic design, illustration and lettering, and over the years expanded to watercolours, sketching, embroidery, paper cutting, sculpture and oil painting. After having her third child, she decided to turn her hobby into her profession and took art classes at City Lit in London, before specialising for two years in New York in traditional portrait and figure drawing and painting. After studying at the New York Academy of Art and the Grand Central Academy, she taught herself landscape painting and is now inspired daily by the local people, landscape and weather of the North Devon coast. She continues to paint portraits on commission, loves drawing the human figure, sketches in spare moments and experiments with combining the technical skill of painting people with a looser and more abstract portrayal of the landscape.