Born in Rotterdam, Holland.
1990-1994 Academy Beeldende Kunsten (now called: Willem de Kooning Academy) in Rotterdam; specialised graduation subject: Illustrations.
I work as a freelance illustrator, portrait artist and all round artist. Originally I worked for the Agency Top Drawers in Amsterdam.I did illustration work for companies such as Esso, Shell, Employment Agency Start, Safari, Rabobank, Admiralis, and FNV members etc. Nowadays I work as a self employed artist for customers.
In 2008 I created a new series called ‘DikkeDames’. Happy women figures busy in everyday situations. I am always searching. Searching for happiness, atmosphere, relationships, shapes, structures and colour combinations for in my work. I hope that a wide public will be able to see my work, get good vibes from it and as a result feel happy, especially feel happy through my creations!
In September 2015 BBNC publishers launched a colouring book for adults with my ‘DikkeDames’. Now it's possible that every one can colour my girls and feel the joy and happiness that comes with colouring. In 2018 I have realees 16 titles. DikkeDames- , animals- and portrait colouringbooks and next to colouring books I wrote and illustrated technique books about colouring(2017) and drawing(2018)
Often people ask me what I enjoy most: painting or illustrating. It is mostly the freedom of choice, the changeability that inspires and motivates me to start something new. I draw my inspiration from everywhere on any time during the day. Suddenly I can visualise how to start or finish a piece of art. To know how and when to finish with a piece is the most difficult part. After applying the varnish I enjoy people’s responses and can’t wait to start a new piece.
Painting gives me inner peace, warmth and happiness. The fact that others can enjoy my work and become happy as a result of that gives me great pleasure: as illustrator, all round artist and tutor of creative workshops.
1995 t/m 2006 Van Beek Atelier opgericht en diverse cursussen gegeven bij Van Beek Art Supplies te Rotterdam.
1997 Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam: saturday teacher illustration introduction
1998 t/m 1999 Stichting het Polderhuis te Bergschenhoek teken-en schildercursus voor volwassenen en kinderen.
2003 Workshop 6x CKV docent Lodewijk Rogier College Noordsingel te Rotterdam VMBO.
2005 Teacher for Department illustration ABK Willem de Kooning te Rotterdam .
2007 t/m 2016 Started my own studio at home for workshops in drawing and painting.
2016 up to now New Artstudio in centre of Bergschenhoek.
1996 Rotterdam advertising price .Hogeschool Rotterdam en omstreken.
Since the end of 2016 Julia is a Derwent Ambassador. "I didn't need to think twice about a collaboration. This brand has so much variation in products I love to create/work with it . I am the head of the Derwent-Colourstock design team and we have an enthusiastic design team. We create content for the brand on sociale media: facebook and instagram. In addition I give demonstrations and workshops in the Netherlands and belgium for Derwent