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Holly Friesen

Holly Friesen

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Canadian artist Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Fine Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal and York University in Toronto. Her contemporary landscape paintings are found in private and corporate collections around the world.

Artist Statement
My work revolves around earth-honouring images that reflect and instil connection to local bio-regions. These images internalize a reverence for the earth and shift the intent from harming the world to living in a mutually life enhancing manner.
After 30 years of painting from close observation of the forests, rocks and rivers, I feel I am no longer observing the natural world around me but rather, in a reversal of roles, the natural world seems to be observing me. Direct and spontaneous brushstrokes become intuitive movements that follow breath and echo emotional responses to this living breathing vitality. Through a dynamic energetic exchange I feel as though I am being held within an intelligent, sentient field that expresses itself through colors, shapes and movement. I am both humbled and awed by this process.
I learn what I need to know by painting. The more I paint the less separation there is between inner and outer ecologies which results in a linking of perceptions with the natural world where attempts to define or control are useless. For me, painting is like deep prayer awakening a reverence for the earth’s inner landscape; the image is in you and you are in the image. Painting is my breath, beauty my compass, and the earth my body.

Liminal Space II
Liminal Space II
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Between Form & Shadow, a Garden Appeared
Between Form & Shadow, a Garden Appeared
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Wild Abandon II
Wild Abandon II
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Everything is Waiting for You
Everything is Waiting for You
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Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue
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Mysteries Too Marvellous to be Understood
Mysteries Too Marvellous to be Understood
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Holy Wild
Holy Wild
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Pink Pond #10
Pink Pond #10
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River Drift
River Drift
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Pink Pond #6
Pink Pond #6
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Pink Pond #4
Pink Pond #4
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Pink Pond Series #1 (Mourning Light)
Pink Pond Series #1 (Mourning Light)
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Pink Pond #3
Pink Pond #3
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Beyond the Edge of the Forest
Beyond the Edge of the Forest
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Liminal Space
Liminal Space
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The Winds of Change
The Winds of Change
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Pool of Yellow LIght
Pool of Yellow LIght
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Blush
Blush
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The Warmth Fell from the Sky
The Warmth Fell from the Sky
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The Present Moment Becomes Long Ago
The Present Moment Becomes Long Ago
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Listening Rocks
Listening Rocks
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Dark Water Cove
Dark Water Cove
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Landscape in Motion
Landscape in Motion
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Both Sides
Both Sides
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Finding My Way Home
Finding My Way Home
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Love is a Clairvoyance
Love is a Clairvoyance
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  • 18 x 18 x 2 in
Voices of Silence
Voices of Silence
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