A fading sunflower stands tall in the foreground of this fall landscape by Julie Himel.
The Toronto artist, a devoted environmentalist is known for her colourful abstract paintings of the natural world. This acrylic and oil captures a single wilting sunflower –a field, trees and a graying sky behind it. The palette is subdued—soft yellow, gray, dark green except for the lingering bright yellow and green of the sunflower. ‘Hallow’ traditionally means to render sacred or holy.
“It is reflective of the creative process. Looking back on the fullness of working coming to fruition, the seeds and posture carrying me through to the next expression.”
Julie Himel completed a BFA at York University with additional studies at the Toronto School of Art and Langara College in Vancouver. Himel has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. Her award-winning paintings can be found in private, corporate and public collections.