Artist and PYROgrapher Julie Macala of Clintonville was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She always knew creating was natural for her. In the fifth grade she was doomed to be an artists after receiving many grades including, “draws too much!” on the top corner of the page. After her grandmother, Maxine introduced her to pyrography or “wood burning” she decided to make self taught pyrography a large staple in her every day life. With this form of art she discovered her own process that separated her from the rest. Julie experiments with many techniques and mediums to achieve unique textures and style. Not only does she use three pyrography pens but also, three different torches, two different fuels and Fractal Lichtenberg imaging (running electricity through wood). She often leaves many of her wood pieces natural in color when presenting a high contrast design. Although she loves woodgrain in its natural state, her art depicts vibrant colors as well. She enjoys metallic paints, acrylic, watercolor, stains and glosses. In 2010 she began showing fine art pieces at Gallery 83 in the Short North. In the meantime she created smaller works of art to offer more affordable rates plus, began offering custom works. In 2011 Julie named her business Branching Creations and has had booths at many festivals including Backwoods Fest, Independentsʼ Day, Grove City Wine and Arts Fest, Comfest, and Bonnaroo. In March of 2016 she won the Comfest logo contest. In the last year Julie has been fetured at events for Bernzomatic and Worthington Industries, even receiving their “Moments of Fire” award.
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY: Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Glavan Feher Architects Inc., Fulcrum Creatives Ohio Arts Council: A state agency that supports public programs in the arts