Original artwork and prints by Julie A. Highlen Northwoods Art Studio
For an artist, it is a blessing living near the shores of Lakes Superior and the woods of the great north. To honor and celebrate my surroundings, I call my workspace Northwoods Art Studio.
My art has become a major part of my life. I started out learning to paint just for my own enjoyment with no other goal in mind. It steadily grew into a passion. I can get frustrated when it has been a while since I’ve painted in the studio. This is a direct result from participating in a 100-Day Project challenge where artists are committed to painting everyday for 100 consecutive days.
The medium I prefer is acrylic using various methods. One method used is with applying the paint in a watercolor style. A soft, delicate snow scene will call for this style. Depending on the scene, I also like using acrylics painting in layers, called glazing, in order to capture the mood. I also use techniques to make it appear there is texture but the paint is actually smooth to the touch. Eventually the landscape will decide my painting style.
Working as an artist, especially in a studio, feels very private and sometimes isolated. “Will others feel touched by what I chose to paint and how I communicate the scene? Will it give them pleasure to see it on their wall or the wall of a gallery? Will it instill an appreciation of the landscape we live in?” Each time I get outdoors, I bring my camera and/or sketchbook in hopes of capturing my next portrait of the Northwoods - whether it be unexpected wildlife, a quiet cove, or a trail beckoning … the possibilities are endless!
Items available for purchase Original Paintings on Canvas Archival Prints on Paper and Canvas Miniature Originals on Birchwood – 3”x3” and 3”x6” Hand Painted Ornaments made with local live edge wood Greeting Cards