Like many artists who turned their passion into a career, Jules Gissler felt pulled to create for as long as she can remember. From making puppets to painting a mural on her elementary school’s playground, Jules found her greatest happiness when using art as a means of expressing her ideas. She quickly realized, in addition to the joy she felt creating, art was also a means to connect with others. This remains at the core of her work.
Jules believes that all art is meant to do three things: make both artist and audience feel more alive, tell a story, and serve as an expression of joy. She brings substance and personality to her work by crafting storylines for most every piece of work. These short stories serve as a thread that keeps her connected to the artistic energy she shares with the world.
Kinley Lorraine...the Moose Dog
When she needs a jolt of inspiration or a pick-me-up, Jules looks no further than her eclectic playlist. In her world, there is no art without music. From an early age, she combined the two and remembers connecting sounds with shapes and colors. She can always be found listening to music while she paints, the rhythm is a conduit to her creative flow.
Jules’ style is primarily whimsical, bringing a humorous, joyful feel to her work. You can see this
best in some of her pet portraits, which are done in acrylic and embellished with ink and sequins. Her animals are animated, never looking straight ahead, to add to their personalities. Jules also creates true-to-life pet portraits using a mix of watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, or charcoal.
In addition to pets, Jules is also known for her larger, figurative paintings, florals, desserts, and abstracts. She captures the complexity of women, showcasing characters who are fanciful and quirky, but also mysteriously pensive. Painting flowers brings Jules peace and a sense of relaxation. Florals also help her find her groove. Jules doesn’t shy away from mixing materials. Her work has been known to feature sequins, gouache, charcoal, acrylic paint, ink, and hand-torn deli sheets for collage and texture. By using a variety of mediums, Jules has the freedom to match her work to the ebb and flow of her own life.
One of Jules' favorite expressions is, “Live your magic.” It was inspired by a book she wrote called Getting Your Magic Back. It is a story about having faith in yourself and pursuing your dreams, regardless of your circumstances. Jules’ magic is made up of her vulnerability, an attachment to the natural world, the courage to claim her space and an endless sense of humor and love that you can see in all her work. She encourages others to find their own magic and use it to live their best life possible.
Originally from Montana, Jules currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Montana State University. When she isn’t painting, Jules can be found hiking or walking with her dog. In 2018, she was the Arizona Animal Welfare League's featured artist and has long been a featured artist at the Shemer Art Center & Museum's "Furry Friends" event. She was commissioned by HOKA with Sole Sports and also the Pie Snob locations. Most recently, Jules was chosen to collaborate with designer, Michael Grey, who printed her art on Birkenstock sandals. She also was commissioned to do a painting of professional basketball player, Brittney Griner, which was donated to “Making Strides-Rock the Pink” for the American Cancer Society. Her work has been shown with the Arizona Artists Guild and has been displayed at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. She also has two paintings permanently displayed at the Phoenix Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. If you are interested in working with Jules on a commission or collaboration, you can reach her via email@example.com.
The "ziG" Belt & Bracelet
The creation of the "ziG" Belt & Bracelet is what inspired Jules to get back on her creative track while being a manager of a national envelope company. She thanks the ziG!
The "ziG" Bracelets
Getting Your Magic Back
by Jules Gissler
I Live By
My Heart Rock