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My name is Julie Weir, and I live and work as an artist on our Widebeam Barge, near the market town of Devizes, in the heart of beautiful Wiltshire.

In 2017, my husband, Mark, and I decided to sell our four bedroom house and take the plunge to live on the inland waterways. Surrounded by the wonders of the countryside, immersed in the wildlife of the canals, inspiration is everywhere, and as a wildlife artist what more could I want.

I work mainly in acrylic Inks and oils, to produce highly detailed paintings. The joy of painting, and the pleasure that it gives is a wonderful thing, and with my focus on British wildlife, I hope life on the water will lead to many successful works.

In 2013, just one year after picking up a paintbrush for the first time, I won through to the finals of BBC Wildlife Artist of the year, with my painting of a Hare. I haven’t looked back since!