Julie Blasberg-King

How amazing is the pencil? A basic tool which can be used to create pictures that are complex and full of emotion. I use graphite to explore the soul of the animal or person I draw; a 'getting to know you' process which, I feel, is a reflection of life.

At the heart of my work is the belief that all creatures and the planet we live on should be respected and protected. This informs my practice and the materials I use, which are vegan friendly.

Through the application of many layers and by carefully observation, I try to convey my deep admiration for my subjects and their inner life. I want my audience to be able to gain a feeling of the very essence of the each animal that I depict and hope to inspire them to look closely at their relationship with the natural world.