About Us


I am Julia Martin, a Chinese Brush Painting artist and enthusiast, owner of Sidewinder Studio.  I have been building my business since 2011 following taking voluntary redundancy from a senior management post and over 30 years working in local government.

I had been drawing and painting in a variety of mediums for many years, developing my skills and enjoying the relaxation it gave me from my everyday stressful life.

When I discovered Chinese Brush Painting I was completely consumed by it's beauty and fascinating symbolism. I have been devoted to it ever since, and have been tutored by both Chinese Masters and the most renowned Chinese Brush Painting Artists in the UK. I now run regular workshops locally and also provide one to one private tuition.

I run Sidewinder Studio with a huge amount of support from my lovely husband, Phil, he is Head of IT; Finance and Odd Job Man too. I aim to provide an extensive range of authentic, quality, good value Chinese brush painting equipment, books and beautiful accessories.

My products are ideal for artists of every skill level, from the novice to the most experienced.

If you are new to Chinese Brush Painting, I am happy to advise you on the equipment you will need to get started. This will help you to avoid any ‘expensive’ mistaken purchases, and ensure that you have the products that will enable you to achieve the best results possible.