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Alaska Inspired Watercolors

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My love for painting nature and animals was cultivated by the beauty and magic of growing up in the Mat-Su Valley. Those years of playing outside in one of the most beautiful places on earth are now recreated through my paint brush.

There is such a profound peace that can be found in a snow-covered forest or in the presence of powerful mountains. I want people to feel the beauty of Alaska when they see my paintings.

Even though I have moved to the lower 48, Alaska is and always will be a part of me. Now living in Missouri, I don’t always have the means to be in a winter wonderland like forest. It took many years to get used to not seeing mountains all around, but by creating watercolors of Alaska we can enjoy the paintings and be visually transported to that quiet and serene place.

Art Gallery:

Amanita - A delightful surprise on the mossy forest floor. This little treasure was found on the trail leading to Thunderbird Falls.

Homesick - Its tranquil shore calls to those who long for the mountains.

Pool of Melted Snow – Capturing the tranquility of melted snow in Hatcher Pass, Alaska

Snow Day - Delicate flakes fall in the quiet forest, covering this moose in a blanket of snow. This painting was inspired by an amazing Alaskan photographer, Charisse Ervin.

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Alaska Inspired Watercolors

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Julia Barger

What is that beautiful spark of energy that feels alive in an outdoor breeze? If I could bottle it up for you, I would. Instead, I’ve captured it as best I can in bursts of inspiration and splashes of paint. I was fortunate to have grown up surrounded by the splendor and magic of Alaska. Living in such a beautiful place instilled in me a reverence for nature. As a result, my paintings are infused with outdoor inspiration. The path art has taken me on has been such an adventure! It was in college that I discovered a passion for watercolors while pursuing my degree in Fine Arts at Missouri State University. After college I worked as a production artist for Guild Master, a place that makes hand painted lamps, mirrors, and home décor and later painted murals for about 10 years. Over the years my art has evolved and I continually explore new approaches and mediums, striving to use the luminosity and vibrance of my materials to their full potential. Inks and resin have become a new passion of mine! I love that they have many of the wonderful qualities of watercolor. It’s when I let the light shine through that my paintings radiate beauty. I’m thankful to have had my artwork featured in The Last Frontier Magazine, as well as receive awards from Missouri Watercolor Society and Springfield Regional Arts Council. I strive for my artwork to bring serenity to people, like many powerful artworks do. It’s important to me to add more peace into our world. It is my sincere hope that my paintings offer you a moment of bliss.

My love for painting nature and animals was cultivated by the beauty and magic of growing up in the Mat-Su Valley. Those years of playing outside in one of the most beautiful places on earth are now recreated through my paint brush.

There is such a profound peace that can be found in a snow-covered forest or in the presence of powerful mountains. I want people to feel the beauty of Alaska when they see my paintings.

Even though I have moved to the lower 48, Alaska is and always will be a part of me. Now living in Missouri, I don’t always have the means to be in a winter wonderland like forest. It took many years to get used to not seeing mountains all around, but by creating watercolors of Alaska we can enjoy the paintings and be visually transported to that quiet and serene place.

Art Gallery:

Amanita - A delightful surprise on the mossy forest floor. This little treasure was found on the trail leading to Thunderbird Falls.

Homesick - Its tranquil shore calls to those who long for the mountains.

Pool of Melted Snow – Capturing the tranquility of melted snow in Hatcher Pass, Alaska

Snow Day - Delicate flakes fall in the quiet forest, covering this moose in a blanket of snow. This painting was inspired by an amazing Alaskan photographer, Charisse Ervin.

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