Julie Briede Ibar

Artist's Statement

The natural world has always grounded me. In nature I find balance, pattern and mystery. Shapes stand out while I am viewing a vista, or studying the earth at my feet. Often I am compelled to examine further.

Among twisted roots, stones or leaves and in decaying or emerging plant life the spirits of other lives make themselves known.
Nature becomes a magical place. Images are discovered in sunlit spaces or shadowy places. They can be fleeting. I try to hold onto what I sense in those moments, and the feeling a place evokes.

When I begin to paint, life forms begin to emerge. Many of the forms are realistic, while others are amusing, imaginary or mystical.

My wish is that my art encourages the viewer to look more closely at nature and create his or her own memories.