Juli Morsella

Juli became enamored with marquetry in Umbria, Italy, and stayed to study under a great master for six years. She does both story pieces as well as smaller Hawai’ian pieces, and now divides her time between Hawai’i and her studio in Umbria.

Juli says, “I work with wood because wood never dies. Even after sliced into sheets not much thicker than paper, it remains alive and has to be reckoned with. This constantly having to be in agreement with an element that insists on telling its own story with my story is humbling, challenging, and keeps me linked with my place in nature.”

“Figurative work is crucial in this day and age. Now more than ever before we must look at ourselves closely in the mirror, so I depict people, usually of mixed backgrounds, often young, thus representing the future. I try to keep the message somewhat ambiguous, but I aim for an intimate emotional response.”

"Candylandia" by Juli Morsella


"Lifetimes" by Juli Morsella




"El Cosechero (The Harvester)" by Juli Morsella

El Cosechero (The Harvester)

"Love And War" by Juli Morsella - JUL58

Love And War

"Wind" by Juli Morsella - JUL49


"Rain" by Juli Morsella - JUL50


Maui Raises the Heavens by Juli Morsella marquetry depicting the god Maui holding up a layered design

Maui Raises The Heavens

Maui Slows the Sun by Juli Morsella marquetry depicting the god Maui blocking the sun

Maui Slows The Sun

See by Juli Morsella marquetry depicting a man's face behind a bird of paradise plant


Smell (Mango) by Juli Morsella


Touch (Ulu) by Juli Morsella marquetry depicting a woman's face behind a breadfruit leaf



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