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Check out Julie Kaufmann’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Kaufmann.

Julie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Brazil. My mother and I moved to Arizona when I was 11 years old. After the move, I had difficulty finding my place and dealing with becoming adjusted to our new home, so I mostly spent my time drawing to distract myself from a lot of the hardships that come with the sudden shock of being thrown into a new environment. I also learned how to speak English by watching animated TV shows and movies. I spent a lot of time drawing those animated characters as a kid and making up my own worlds, and soon enough, I discovered that I could make a career out of it! Ever since then, I’ve been working hard to improve my skills and have been going to school for animation in California. It’s been a very challenging but fulfilling experience so far.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love being inspired by the landscapes and people around me. After having moved to the United States at such a young age, I began to feel a lot of nostalgia for the regular, everyday sights and experiences of the country I came from and learned that I can never take those smaller moments for granted. That’s why I always try to incorporate anything that I find beautiful or inspiring from my everyday life into my work, even if it’s something as simple as how differently the light is hitting my window that day, or seeing a particularly happy and fluffy dog on the street. I especially love painting landscapes and environments, and I am always constantly taking photos of what I see so I can create art of that moment with my own stylistic spin. Drawing and painting has definitely allowed me to connect with the world around me better and made me start to appreciate the smaller things in life, so I hope that my work can inspire others to experience their lives that way too.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think one of the biggest challenges facing artists today is the constant pressure to work ourselves past our limits. While it is definitely important to keep working towards our goals and focusing on improving ourselves, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of burnout or developing a lot of unhealthy and obsessive habits. A huge part of being an artist also includes leaving room in our schedule for taking breaks, developing other hobbies, and going out and experiencing the world we live in so that we can come back feeling inspired and start being creative again!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am always updating my social media and portfolio website with new artwork, and I am usually available to do commission work! I also accept donations through my Ko-fi page.

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