Julie Bender

The rich and diverse Western natural world is my source of continued inspiration.  I often travel the high country, prairies and national parks to observe and witness the magic of hundreds of animal species to gather dramatic reference for my art.  Witnessing rare moments when subjects display a particular behavior or scene that make my heart race compels me to tell that story through my art.  Pyrography, the unique art of “Painting with heat” involves both accidental and calculated risks.  Discovering innovative ways to express my artistic vision is my greatest challenge and reward.  My career includes international sales, museum acquisitions, top gallery representation, teaching, publication features and multiple juried show and artist society awards.