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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.

The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
A River Runs Through
A River Runs Through
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
Tommy's Rock (2)
Tommy's Rock (2)
  • 24 x 36 x 2 in
Falling Out of the Skin and Into the Soul
Falling Out of the Skin and Into the Soul
  • 60 x 40 x 2 in
 Life Along the Edge
Life Along the Edge
  • 24 x 36 x 900 in
Gathering Moments of SIlence
Gathering Moments of SIlence
  • 60 x 30 x 2 in
WInter Solstice
WInter Solstice
  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Beyond Boundaries
Beyond Boundaries
  • 48 x 36 x 2 in
Wilderness Tapestry
Wilderness Tapestry
  • 75 x 51 in
Millions of Dancing Molecules
Millions of Dancing Molecules
  • 78 x 51 in
Sky of Non Being
Sky of Non Being
  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
And I Found Myself Alone
And I Found Myself Alone
  • 24 x 36 x 2 in
Moss Glenn Falls
Moss Glenn Falls
  • 30 x 24 x 2 in
Pink Pond #7
Pink Pond #7
  • 14 x 14 x 2 in
Pink Pond #5
Pink Pond #5
  • 14 x 14 x 2 in
Pink Pond #2
Pink Pond #2
  • 13.25 x 13.25 x 2 in
Morning Offering
Morning Offering
  • 13.25 x 13.25 x 2 in
Infinite Possibilities
Infinite Possibilities
  • 48 x 36 x 2 in
Quiet Path
Quiet Path
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
Pink Pond #8
Pink Pond #8
  • 13.25 x 13.25 x 2 in
Change of Direction
Change of Direction
  • 48 x 36 x 2 in
The Day That Time Disappeared
The Day That Time Disappeared
  • 16 x 20 x 2 in
Fairy Ladder
Fairy Ladder
  • 24 x 24 x 2 in
Field Flow
Field Flow
  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Birthday Celebration
Birthday Celebration
  • 15 x 30 x 2 in
Un Peu Perdue dans les Nuages
Un Peu Perdue dans les Nuages
  • 16 x 20 x 2 in
Ode to Yellow
Ode to Yellow
  • 16 x 16 x 2 in
Ebullient
Ebullient
  • 16 x 16 x 2 in
Memory in Stone
Memory in Stone
  • 30 x 40 x 2 in
Ain't No Sunshine When He's Gone
Ain't No Sunshine When He's Gone
  • 18 x 18 x 2 in
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