Julie Wood graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2000, majoring in Painting and Philosophy. Dissatisfied with what she saw as a chaotic bombardment of images in Post-modern art, Woodchose instead to return to the fundamental painterly notions of texture and the effect of light upon the painted surface as a precursor to colour. Wood's work is largely conducted outside the realm of the traditional canvas, on the template of organic shapes influenced by her investigations into the primary perceptual properties of natural forms - colour, shape and texture.
Wood was one of a small group of emerging artists commissioned to paint a number of works for the new Hilton Hotel onPrince's Wharf in 2001. She has exhibited and published her work in New Zealand since 1994 and her works are held in private collections in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and NewYork.