Outstanding Student: Julia Busnardo
One of our favorite Osprey artists, junior Julia Busnardo, has designed a snowboard called “Monsters of Love” for the La Plata County Humane Society “Powder Hounds Art Auction.” Founded by two Durango artists, Ray and Wendy Phillips, 100% of the auction’s proceeds go to the La Plata County Humane society.
Julia wields only a hefty bag of markers to cast spells of cute little alien men into being. She chooses markers because “They are more bold than any other material I have used. When I draw, I like to use pens or markers right away because you can’t erase, so you have to deal with what you have. That forces me to keep a steadier hand and to enjoy whatever it is I make.” This attitude towards drawing--appreciating one’s own creation--- speaks to Julia’s worldview. Her gratitude for all kinds of beauty is inspiring.
Part of Julia’s artistic and therapeutic process is listening to music. The lyrics inspire many of the words in her art but many are nonsensical expressions of emotion. Julia reflects nonchalantly about her art: “[It’s] the way that I relax. I’m not thinking about how it will look or turn out.” saying “coloring is very calming and satisfying, so I basically use my art as coloring pages.”
The public was invited to view Julia’s and 19 other snowboards made by local artists on Friday, January 10 at the Animas Chocolate and Coffee company. “Monsters of Love” will be on display at Purgatory Sports and will be up for auction online at www.powderhoundsart.com/9 until February 2nd.
By Rosie Gurnee