JULIE HIMEL | SECOND NATURE
Second Nature, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
Julie Himel's Second Nature series is about the natural environment and our current relationship to it. Using both real and imagined places for her inspiration, Himel creates pathways and landscapes that invite the viewer to step into her dreamlike environments. The paintings represent present and future, and presence and absence at once. It is a longing for connection and a call for symbiosis with the natural world around us.
Night Vision Love Story, oil on board, 12 x 12 inches
These heavily textured, mixed media landscape paintings reach for sources of light. Using bold, active strokes with both rush and palette knife, Himel's application of brightly saturated layers of oil and acrylic paint create depth and movement. Their unorthodox chromatic play invites the viewer to enter them both experientially and emotionally.
Holographic Dreams, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Himel received a Diploma of Fine Art from Langara College, Vancouver, BC; a BFA Honours Degree from York University, Toronto, ON; and a Graduate Diploma from the Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON. Her work has been exhibited across North America, recently being featured in digital exhibitions with Visionary Projects, New York, NY; the I Like Your Work Podcast, and the TD Thor Wealth Management Juried Exhibition: Quest for the Environment, Quest Art, Midland, ON. Himel’s paintings are included in private and public collections across the world and in several corporate collections.