I aim to create feel-good paintings that uplift a person's soul and enhance their home. I work in oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils and linen.
I think about the energy and colours I put into my work & paint in daylight. Feels are also crucial to me when painting.
Many things inspire my work, and a spiritual element will often naturally form in the piece by painting intuitively. Sometimes I have a vision of a painting, which I then create.
I'm an artist mother. Who's managed to stay on the creative path; it can be challenging. Those people who know me know I'm brave. I have also held moments of hope and blind faith over the years. But I can tell you it's been worth it. I love my work.
Jonathan and I have admired and collected Justine’s work for 20 years. We first saw an exhibition of her work and bought several prints, which I regret now, because I wish I had bought ‘Solitaire’ as an original. Amazing energy and grace. We now own 15 Justine originals and we get soul-lifting pleasure from them every time we look at them. My most recent pieces, 'Blue Horse' and 'Love is in the Air' are in being framed at the moment and we can’t wait to get them home and on the wall. Everyone who visits our home are impressed by and comment on Justine’s art. I never tire of her work and always look forward to the next piece.
Mrs. Margo Keating
'Within any decent picture there are lots of key relationships between foreground and background, form and colour, this tree and that person, but the most important relationship is possibly the painter's link to his or her subject. That's where you get the emotion and ultimately the meaning. You only have to think of Gainsborough's painting of his young daughters chasing a butterfly in the mid 1750's, or Constable's Salisbury Cathedral, or even Picasso and his mistresses to get the point. Justine has followed Gainsborough and painted a self-portrait with her children, but in a departure from convention she depicts herself and her nuclear family as doves, in what she calls a protection painting. Her approach to art isn't airy fairy and Justine has also included her Guinness series in the show, illustrating diffferent moments and links forged over a pint of black stuff. 'Friendship' shows two straight glasses, one slightly tilted, painted in a beautiful broad brushstrokes. This not totally still life shows the way friendship blossoms in the haziness of the first pint.'
Jane Hardy , journalist and art critic.
Excerpt from Arts Review of the Relationship Exhibition, Belfast Telegraph, May 2010.
"Justine is one of the most exciting artists to appear on the local scene in many years. Her current series of the nudes painted in a refreshingly naturalistic style, demonstrates an aesthetic perception of the human form and places her high on the list of current young artists."
Brian Eakin of the Eakin Gallery; Belfast commenting on my first solo exhibition 'The Nude Series' inspired by Velasquez and Modigliani at Sanctuary Beauty; Belfast in 2001.
'Justine's paintings are full of soul. Her elephant paintings transformed 'The Elephant Crossing' into a beautifully illustrated book. Each piece of art is unique and perfect to the story. Her originality and her eye for the unusual add extra layers and meaning to her art. If you are looking for a brilliant piece of artwork put a JSW painting on your wall. '
Mrs. Justine McGrath, author
The painting of Pte Derby XX1X; hangs in the anteroom of the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiments Officers Mess, commissioned in 2013 with 50 numbered prints.
"The Mercian Regiment would just like to say what a pleasure it is to recommend Justine. She is so passionate about her art and it reflects in her work and she passes that passion onto you the customer.
Her enthusiasm for life and her art is infectious and her professionalism outstanding.
Her work is different to others out there and no matter what we asked; Justine connected herself to Pte Derby, displaying true emotion and meaning when painting.
If anyone is looking for something different in original art work or prints, just go and see her, talk to her, she is always happy to talk about art, trust me, she will draw you into her world and you will not go home disappointed."
2nd Bn Mercian Regiment
2007 Awarded a special bursary from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to attend the acclaimed National University of Ireland, Certificate in Youth Arts. I passed this course with first class honours and continued to run my Young Artist Groups for many year in schools and most recently for the last three years until Feb 2020 at ISR International School on the Rhine, Germany.