Speak Softly by Julie Bell

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Julie Bell

Speak Softly


121.92 x 152.4 cm | 48 x 60 in

Oil on linen

  • First Place ($2,500 Cash Award) / Animals

"One of the ways in which Nature inspires my spirit is in the back-and-forth cycle between creative and destructive forces. It seems to be the breath of life that keeps everything going, pumping along like a heartbeat. The tigers in my painting purr and nuzzle one another in a warm cluster of comfort and familial love. Their teeth are visible to us and we clearly know their capacity for ugly and powerful destruction, but we only see gentleness and trust in their display. It’s a body language that we recognize in our own human social interactions." – JULIE BELL