|Originally from Reunion Island, Julie Ah-Fa moved to South Africa almost 10 years ago and is currently a producer for TV commercials and an artist. Julie studied botanical art painting under Ann Harris and has always enjoyed exploring different mediums, including pencil, charcoal and oil. In recent years, botanical art and watercolour have played a defining role in her work. Watercolour allows her to accurately translate the delicacy of plants and the transparency of the lively colours.
She does not have a preferred plant or subject, but works according to the immediate inspiration and curiosity she feels for each plant she paints.
She exhibited previously at the Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition with BAASA and was awarded a Bronze Medal for her first participation at the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale. She is one of the few artists invited to participate in the prestigious Florilegium de Grootbos. The Grootbos Florilegium is the culmination of four and a half years of collaboration representing the rare, endemic and endangered species of the Cape fynbos of the Southern Overberg. It is a truly global project featuring celebrated artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, the UK, Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands, Brazil and Reunion. Julie Ah-Fa portrayed 3 plants (Aristea capitata, Hermannia joubertiana and endangered Lampranthus tenuifolius) in the Florilegium, including pollinators and habitat. The paintings are displayed in the recently launched dedicated Hannerie Wennhold art gallery.