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.

Resting
Resting
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Bottle Bay Light
Bottle Bay Light
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Threshold Into Life
Threshold Into Life
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Breaking Through
Breaking Through
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High Noon Rollers
High Noon Rollers
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The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter
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 Life Along the Edge
Life Along the Edge
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Everything Awaits
Everything Awaits
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Gathering Moments of SIlence
Gathering Moments of SIlence
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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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Beyond Boundaries
Beyond Boundaries
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Standing Tall in Spite of it All
Standing Tall in Spite of it All
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A Broken Heart is an Open Heart
A Broken Heart is an Open Heart
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White Silence
White Silence
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Winter Solstice Morning
Winter Solstice Morning
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Trees Dreaming River
Trees Dreaming River
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Canopy of Light
Canopy of Light
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Everything is Waiting for You
Everything is Waiting for You
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Wilderness Tapestry
Wilderness Tapestry
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  • 75 x 51 in
Sky of Non Being
Sky of Non Being
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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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  • 72 x 70 in
Holy Wild
Holy Wild
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