Canadian artist Julie Morel captures the souls and expressions of wildlife with amazing detail. See more of her work on her website.
I am a Quebec artist living in the beautiful region of Estrie.
To begin, I must say that I believe that I was born with brushes in my hands. When I was a kid, I didn’t see my friends much outside of school. And since I was into drawing, my parents gave me my first brushes around the age of eight or nine, without me even asking.
I think my mother had a gift for guessing what would make me happy without even knowing it myself!
Since I’ve never had any training and apparently, I’m the only artist in the family, I had no idea how to go about it. That’s when I started watching the Bob Ross show that one of my uncles had kindly recorded for me on a VHS tape. But not understanding English, I had to learn only by watching it. I admit that it was not easy, but I was never discouraged.
And, over time, what was just a hobby at first quickly became a real passion.
This passion led me to paint everything I saw—animals, landscapes, flowers or any other subject.
Over the years, I have had the chance to participate in group and solo exhibitions. Last year, I did my first symposium in Sainte-Flavie and I loved the experience. In addition, since 2016, I have participated in a few contests and had the chance to win a prize four times, which is, for me, very motivating.
I am very happy to be able to say today that I have been making a living from my art full time for two years now. I hope with all my heart to be able to do this for several more years!
I paint in acrylic or in mixed mediums and techniques such as texturizing paste, acrylic, oil and pastel. I paint intuitively, letting myself be guided by my emotions.
I enjoy painting many subjects; however, I work to convey through my art, my love and fascination for animals—especially wild animals—which have become, over time, my specialty.
Today, I seek above all to produce a mood and an awareness; to give a soul to my subjects, in order to create an intense emotional dialogue with the spectator.