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The ‘Nature of Art,’ brought to life by artist Julie Gibson

Shea Stanfield~ 4/1/2015

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…” the well-known phrase from the 1913 poem Sacred Emily by Gertrude Stein acknowledging that things are what they are, a statement of the law of identity. The “law of identity” expands into new possibilities in the art of local artist Julie Gibson. Julie has a keen and perceptive eye for identifying the most unique forms, textures, colors, and patterns in nature and combining them into breathtakingly gorgeous pieces of original art.

Growing up right here in the Phoenix area, Julie has always been surrounded by beauty and flowers. Her mother, a gifted floral arranger herself, brought her daughter along in the world of grace, elegance, design, and beauty. By the age of 5, Julie was an experienced hand in the floral arts. By the time young Julie was a teenager, she had won numerous floral competitions and was recognized as one the valley’s most outstanding young talents. As Julie shared, “I studied natural patterns and symmetry; my goal is to articulate what I see in nature into contemporary statements utilizing real materials.” Her deigns embody the boldness of the great white oak balanced with the delicate and fantasy like qualities of ancient ferns. Julie loves to surprise her viewers.

Most young girls can relate to the art of the pressed flower: small specimens collected from birthday bouquets, first prom corsages, and memorable spring hikes with friends. With Julie, pressed flowers started out much the same way as a hobby and a way to preserve beauty, but in her case this passion blossomed into a full-blown art medium. Using her skills in extensive research her talent for conceptualizing an idea, and her innately exacting scientific skills, learning by trial and error, Julie developed an artistic venues that she can call uniquely her own.

Julie credits her husband with helping her take her art form to the next level. His eye for excellence and design added to the mix a variety and perspective that uniquely masculine and bold. Julie’s newest series supports the growing popularity for organic and natural fruits and vegetables. She is developing art pieces from pressed fruits and vegetables separately and in combination with her floral textures. The new and exciting expression has caught the attention of a number of venues on the east coast, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and Seattle. Her work is grabbing and holding the attention of art and plant lovers across the country.

Julie works from her home studio in the southeast valley. Her designs are represented by Raku Gallery in Jerome, Ariz. and Alexander Design Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Julie’s work can also be seen on her Web site at www.pressedflowerartist.com. Arrange a visit to her home studio by contacting Julie at info@pressedflowerartist.com.          

Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@yahoo.com