Julie Bender : Art Ignites
Stunning photographs and gorgeous wood are the biggest inspirations for Bender’s pyrography. She especially loves interesting visual compositions and in-the-moment candidness to create a work of art. One of her favorite challenges before she heats up her pens is matching the right wood with a photograph. Her biggest thrill is watching surface textures, grains and inherent natural tones reveal themselves as the artwork progresses.
Bender enjoys the unique challenges that pyrography presents as she literally works against the grain. She states, “There is a certain level of unpredictability about this art which I thoroughly embrace and my customers seem to love.” “My love of pyrography and animals go hand in hand. Everything I love and care about converges and literally ignites,” states Bender. “My art is a combination of left and right brain, heat and wood, a reconnection of past and present, finding passion and purpose in life every day. It’s about appreciating beauty and celebrating life; it is an outlet for my creativity and a tribute to living in the moment, while cherishing the fond memories of the past.”
Julie Bender is represented by Turning Leaf Wood Gallery in Blue Ridge, Georgia. View her work at www.juliebender.com.