How does a workaholic artist relax? By making more art, of course!
Julie Bernal, 27, works 40-hour weeks at Moxley Carmichael as a graphic designer. Her clients include Pilot, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Young-Williams Animal Center, Premier Surgical Associates and many other members of our great, high-profile client list. Julie designs websites, logos, brochures, ads and annual reports. But when she goes home to unwind, she picks up a paint brush or charcoal pencil and produces still more compelling images.
Some of her latest acrylic paintings just went on display at The Tomato Head on Market Square. I personally love them. You should check them out. When the exhibit in downtown Knoxville closes, it is going on display at The Tomato Head’s Maryville location.
“The collection at Tomato Head is inspired by graphic design,” Julie told me. “I started this particular series because I wanted something for my own house.” The series is called, “Nature in Color.”
Julie was born in Bristol, Connecticut and moved to Knoxville when she was a teenager. She took many fine arts courses at Farragut High School and graduated with a degree in graphic design from Pellissippi State Community College. During and after college, she was a graphic designer at the Farragut Press Enterprise where she was eventually promoted to head of production. That’s where we found her three years ago.
While she finds inspiration in nature for her painting, her photography is inspired by architecture. She uses her vacation time to pursue that passion.
“I wake up every day ready to create,” she says. “I use my art as a way to capture specific moments and feelings. It is the best way for me to keep a journal of my life.”
Julie says she has always known she wanted to be an artist. But, thankfully for us, her first love is graphic design. “I would go crazy if I didn’t do it,” she laughs.
Julie won the People’s Choice Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance’s Juried 2009 Top 40 Exhibit, which was displayed at The Emporium last year. We closed our office early on the first Friday in August so all of us could go together up Gay Street, see Julie’s painting on display in the exhibition and celebrate over cocktails. We are very proud of her.
Now, not only are Julie’s paintings on display at Tomato Head, but she has a piece at McGhee Tyson Airport and a photography exhibit at Cities Cupcakes in Bearden. She’s been featured in skirt! magazine and in the Farragut Press Enterprise. After you visit her exhibits, if you’d like to see more of her beautiful art, please visit her website. Here is a link.
This talented young woman is going places. If you hire Moxley Carmichael, she can work on one of your projects. Then you can say, “I knew her when. . .!”
Photo credits: Ashley Hubbard of Moxley Carmichael took the picture of Julie at the top of this post, as well as the ones of inside Tomato Head and the Tomato Head logo on the window. The close-ups of the paintings came from Julie’s website.