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O Tannenbaum 5 pack

O Tannenbaum 5 pack

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About the Artist

Julia Cawse

Designs by Jules Cards

I paint because I want to make something beautiful out of the most difficult experience I’ve ever been through.

In October of 2018, I was run over by a car while riding my bike to work in Toronto.

I sustained many injuries. I don’t know how many bones I broke. It was life-altering, and it’s a miracle I’m alive. Although my spine was not broken, I have been left with severely limited mobility in all of my limbs. 

Before the accident, I was always dancing, being active and creating. My room was full of crafts, drawings and paintings.

Through hard work, I regained the use of my right arm. And when I was able to do that, I immediately started painting again. It was very messy at first, but I got better at it. 

I paint by feeling and I don’t question it. I have no idea what it will look like until it’s done. I never have a specific goal. I just go by intuition.

Sometimes I use odd tools to spread the paint around, like spoons, forks, pliers, rulers, Q-tips and lids. I like to make new and surprising colours.

While my life is very different now, I find a kind of beauty in what happened to me. It’s not loss, it’s change. I have a new appreciation for little things. The little things really aren’t that little. 

I hope that through my art, I can share this sentiment. Everything in life is about perspective. I would like us all to pause and give more consideration to a leaf, or a mushroom, or a tree, or an animal, or even just a splatter of colours.

There is beauty in all things.

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