The Spirit of Nature

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Photography Exhibition by Julie Clark

January 8th – March 3rd, 2012 The Rivoli Lounge
Opening: January 12th, 2012. 7 – 10 PM

About this series: The Spirit of Nature

All my life I have had an urge to be artistic, but as a kid, I discovered that unfortunately I could not draw or paint. Now, finally, I’ve found a way to let my creative juices flow, use my imagination and produce some original artwork. I was always a keen amateur photographer, but it wasn’t until I really learned the craft and discovered Encaustic that it all came together.

The process: I blend lots of photographic images together – flowers, rust, cracked concrete, gravestones, even vintage farm machinery. Once I get what I want I print and mount the images, then transform them into painterly works of art by coating them with encaustic medium (that’s beeswax). Many people ask, “Is that a painting or a photograph ?”

My inspiration comes from two sources: Firstly, flowers – Gardening, visiting Garden Centres and any type of Botanical gardens is wonderful… how can one not enjoy and appreciate the wonder of plants ? Their colours, shapes and form ? The way they always come back to life after the long bleak winter ? They are all gorgeous. My second source of inspiration is capturing the beauty of my birthplace. Scotland is a place I am passionate about. The landscape, the light, the food, the ancient castles and graveyards, the sea and the mountains – all conspire to get me to return over and over again.

And that is the spirtit of nature.

Julie Clark is an award winning Toronto Beaches-based photographer specializing in Outdoor Photography. After graduating from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2009, she now has a 2nd Career as a Fine Art Photographer. Julie’s work includes images of flowers, nature, landscapes and interesting details. In 2010 she began treating her images with an encaustic finish (beeswax), transforming them into painterly works of art.

Julie has participated in group shows at The Beacher Café, The Beachside Grill, The Hangman Gallery and The Gallery in the Garden at Sherway Gardens. She has also participated in The Riverdale Art Walk, The Beaches Arts & Crafts Show, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Artistry By the Lake, the Danforth East Arts Fair and the Fox Theatre‘s Movies & Makers Show. She a member of the the Beach Studio Tour, the Beach Photography Club and The Artists’ Network.

julieclarkphotography.com 
Encaustic Photo Art

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