Know Thyself

Know Thyself

100cm x 161cm x 3cm

Oil on canvas

For some time before becoming an artist, Julia taught Philosophy and Psychology. Although Socrates' injunction to 'know thyself' is well known, it is, nevertheless, one of the most important philosophical maxims.  This work depicts a mountain scene, worked in rapid brushstrokes to relate the intangible quality of memories.  It was on a peak in Scotland that Julia had an epiphany, which taught her a crucial lesson in who she was to become and, hence, who she is today.  The Socratic imperative is often enacted upon the stage of dramatic landscapes, which is why they are a recurring motif in her work.


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