Bird art by artist, Julie Ibar. Julie Briede Ibar was born and raised in south central Wisconsin and migrated south east, closer to Lake Michigan. Early in her life she developed a deep appreciation of the natural world and a desire to study and record observed details. In portraits of plants, birds and animals she strives to capture unique characteristics and the essence or spirit of a place. Contrast, color, texture and movement are essential elements to each piece, but there must also be a strong personal connection before beginning a painting. Ibar’s original paintings are a part of both private and corporate collections.