Artist Statement - Pommel
This piece is inspired by nature, movement and form. The movements of an Olympic gymnast through the air and over obstacles like a pommel horse. The human body flows through space like water tumbling down over rocks, creating ripples and rapids. Twirling, spinning, and rocking, then slowing and returning to a peaceful stream.
Gymnasts have hard chiseled physiques. Hard, strong forms are typically represented in bold, dark, masculine colors. More feminine colors were chosen to balance this and emphasize the graceful and lighter movements. Furthermore, the background was created in watercolor and is softer, gentler, lighter, and more fluid. The figure is created in acrylic and more substantial, weighty, and solid.
Artist Biography - Joelle Bhullar
Joelle Bhullar is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and currently lives in the Fox Valley. She has worked throughout the U.S.A., Africa, Europe and India. She exhibited in the 74t h Art Annual at the Neville Museum (2019), Trout Museum SECURA Fine Art Exhibition (2013), and has been a Wisconsin duck Stamp Competition Finalist (2013, 2012).
She enjoys contributing her talents to local communities by participating in events like Neenah’s Art[works]: Uncovered (2019) and the Einstein Project’s Butterflies and Friends on Parade (2010, 2008). Since 2003 she primarily uses her website, www.artisticoptions.com, to offer hand drawn pencil portraits and illustrations as a form of helping and connecting with others. These portraits are drawn from photographs and are typically given as gifts and mementos. Outside of portraiture her primary medium is acrylic and watercolor.