Ana is Armenian but moved to the US when she was 16 years old. Reading her Bio one gets the sense that she had an angelic time in California where she plaid amongst tall grass and immersed herself in the natural world. You can see these early influences coming through in her artwork.
I love her work – style & message. I am especially enjoying the non-macabre pieces – refreshing in amongst so much of this darkness we see in contemporary illustration. Pieces like Willow, Critters and Fox. For me the underlying theme shows youth comfortably immersing themselves in nature/life whilst discovering life, death and themselves. Exploration of self and the world through the innocence of youth and the reality of life. In this way I think her illustrations could be very personal.
A note from the illustrator: “I don’t think style or concept can stand alone, one without the other. I like to use subtle humor, a dark twist, and a lot of detail in my artwork to pull the viewer in. ”
She entered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration.
Julie Morstad’s work can be thought provoking, whimsical, fun and even psychological. Simple lines, delicate depths and a great mix of colors make Julie’s illustrations all in all delightful, even charming. I would love to get my hands on one of her prints.
I hope you appreciate these lovely illustrations as much as we did:
Alexandra and Sascha