I am a self- taught artist

Julie Havel Abstract ArtistI do have a college degree, but did not study art.  I took a few art classes at the University of Arizona, but did not pursue a degree in Fine Art.  The reason?  My parents told me that I could never make a living as an artist.

Here I am today…15 years later as a full-time artist.  Just know that you can accomplish anything if you believe in yourself & your goals.

I did grow up painting, drawing and creating, and had an amazing elementary school art teacher.  When I went to high school I had a fabulous art teacher as well.  In college, I only took about 4 art classes before I decided to give up.  I waited another 10 years before I picked up a brush again.  Yes, I did grow up with amazing influences artistically, but I still do consider myself as a self-taught artist.

People often say to me that they can’t even draw a stick figure.  Honestly…. Who cares?  In my world of Abstract, you don’t need to know how to draw a stick figure.  Just let yourself go, and know that there is no “right or wrong” when it comes to creating art.  This is my philosophy, as Abstract art allows me to create just about anything that I choose.

Just remember to HAVE FUN…LET GO… AND CREATE!

Posters and Giclees… to sum it up.

I am often asked if I do “prints” of my artwork.  The answer to that question is Yes.  The reason for this?  If you can’t afford an orginal piece of artwork, you can still own one of my creations at a lower price point.  No, I do not personally sell my posters or giclees, but my publishers do.  I have two publishers that I have worked with over the past 10 years or so.  What is a publisher?  They buy my original paintings and print them.  These prints end up all over the world.  In retail locations such as Z Gallerie, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel…you get the idea.  My posters have also become mainstays at Hotels, such as the Marriott in Times Square, The Ashford Hotel in downtown Ft Worth..just to name a few.  They are also present in Hospitals, Banks, Restaurants, Corporate offices etc…   I truly NEVER know where my posters and giclees are hanging. 

I was at a hotel recently and as I was walking down the corridor to the elevator, I had to stop to do a second glance because my posters were on hanging in the hallway.  It is often a fun surprise to see.

I do not licence all of my works, only about 20 pieces or so.  My publishers then create unlimited runs for posters and giclees. 

“What is a giclee?” is often another question that I am asked.  A giclee by definition is A process for producing high-quality reproductions of images such as paintings or photographs using an inkjet printer.  Giclees are usually printed on gallery wrapped canvas. Don’t be fooled however, that a giclee is an original.  Giclees are often enhanced with textures and varnish to give the print depth and the illusion of an original.  I actually had someone contact me a few years ago thinking that he had bought an original of mine at a retail store.  I sadly had to inform him that it was not an original… just a print of my work.

With all of that said, I have to tell you that NOTHING BEATS AN ORIGINAL.  With an original piece of artwork, you can actually feel the energy.  You can see the brushstrokes and every single detail of the paint and textures laid out before you.  I believe that there is more of a soul connection to an original piece of art.  Yes, ALL of my paintings are original as well. 

Whether you only have a budget for a poster or giclee, are just beginning to collect original artwork, or have been a collector for years, know that everyone can own a Julie Havel creation.

“Climbing” 36×48 Acrylic & Mixed Media 

Climbing Julie havel

“Cascade” 36×48 Acrylic & Mixed Mediacascade