julie himel

Oil Master

Julie’s study of space is rooted in the understanding of landscape as both an encounter and an image. It’s in the balancing act of grounding and departure—always looking for the light through the tangle of life. It’s in decay, not as destruction, but as catalyst: a signpost for renewal, growth and reclamation. And it’s in honesty, about creating a portrait of landscape as it is: something apprehended and unknowable. Paint is the medium she uses to formalize the possibility of a place—a place alive, mutable and shared, a character in our collective unconscious.

“I can’t un-see the beauty of Earth in its natural state, and memory, dream or spiritual connection inform a beautiful longing for such spaces. I feel it’s important to portray that beauty, to think about all we need to preserve for future generations. The time I spend in nature is where I ground myself in that beauty, studying forms and qualities of light, but it plays an equal role to the time I spend away, dreaming, writing and responding to memories of natural spaces. The time I spend in reflection is the ingredient needed to steer me away from straight rendering of nature.”

~ Julie



Being in Julie Himel’s group has been tremendous. My goal going into the group was to start to develop my personal style. With Julie’s and the group’s guidance and feedback, my style is coming into focus. I find with the various exercises we have been given for homework, like blind contour drawing, I am finally loosening up in my art style.  
~ Suzanne, Aspiring Artist


“My first and most important reason is to be a professional artist, full time.”
~ Mona, Emerging Artist

“LevellingUp has helped me immensely with my confidence in showing up for my own work, continuing to make art in my own terms and unapologetically so.  It has been such an honour learning from one of Canada’s best contemporary artists, Julie Himel. It’s been one of the best investments i’ve made for my self and my art career. “
~ Aggie, Emerging Artist

“I benefited tremendously from the whole experience of being in this Aspiring Artist group; the mastermind expertise, the group interaction, the homework exercises. My painting has improved so much and I am beginning to find my style.”
~ Suzanne, Aspiring Artist



Colour & Composition


Tools & Materials


Studio Set-Up


How To Self Critique


Art Critiques

Studio Time Management

Bio & CV

Website Design

Shows & Exhibits


Approaching Galleries


Pricing Artwork

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As a aspiring artist, you have been creating on the side, as a hobby, and now you’re ready to take it to the next level!


  • technique - color and composition
  • art critiques - get feedback on your artwork to help you narrow and hone your style
  • supplies and tools - where to save and where to spend
  • marketing - learn to write your artist statement and CV, build your brand, launch a website, maximize your social media
  • price artwork – because your time and talent have value
What Is An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You’ve taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.

Now you’re ready to take it to the next level!


  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer

 More than an Art Workshop

What to expect...

2-hr monthly
videoconference session with MASTER ARTIST, NAVIGATOR & small group

Practice-based HOMEWORK


Navigator permanently assigned to your group, accountable for your growth trajectory

CONFIDENTIAL discussion board, mid month group meeting & access to session RECORDINGS

CHOOSE a new Master Artist every 6-8 months to bring NEW EXPERTISE & SKILL TRAINING


About The Artist

Julie Himel carries a Diploma of Fine Art from Langara College in Vancouver, a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Degree from York University, and a Graduate Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. Her award winning paintings can be found in private collections internationally, public collections including The University of Calgary, Calgary’s Civic Art Collection, Westfield State University, the Armenian Centre Art Collection Canada, and several corporate collections nationwide.

“My process is quite organic rather than formulaic. When I’m out in the elements, I photo document compositions that interest me, capture light. This is sometimes the only document of the space I have to start with. Other times I bring my sketching or plein air kit with me and spend some time sketching from life and translating the view into something a little closer to how the painting will be. If I’m without materials to draw or paint with, I will sketch from the photo when I’m back in the studio. That process filters the image from reality to a more emotional response, a step deeper than simple seeing.

I have notebooks and sketchbooks filled with sketches and writing all over the place. My response to the environment comes at different times.

“Titles or phrases come to me, or colour biases or colour combinations stand out and I imagine how the scene would look and feel through that lens. I write those things down; I make notes on dreams and memories of places. I refer to those notes and bring them back into the paintings. When all of the preliminary work is done, I block out simple forms in emotionally driven hues, build up the image in layers of different materials, and then essentially respond to the canvas itself, referring to the sketches and notes as needed, which tends to be minimal. The paintings don’t work if they rely too heavily on the photography; they need to become a reality of their own on the canvas.”

~ Julie

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