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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.

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
Liminal Space
Liminal Space
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  • 36 x 48 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 Winds of Change
The Winds of Change
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  • 40 x 60 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
Pool of Yellow LIght
Pool of Yellow LIght
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Field Flow
Field Flow
  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Blush
Blush
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  • 14 x 12 x 2 in
Birthday Celebration
Birthday Celebration
  • 15 x 30 x 2 in
The Warmth Fell from the Sky
The Warmth Fell from the Sky
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  • 24 x 30 x 2 in
The Present Moment Becomes Long Ago
The Present Moment Becomes Long Ago
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  • 24 x 48 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
Listening Rocks
Listening Rocks
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  • 30 x 40 x 2 in
Dark Water Cove
Dark Water Cove
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  • 24 x 48 x 2 in
Landscape in Motion
Landscape in Motion
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Memory in Stone
Memory in Stone
  • 30 x 40 x 2 in
Both Sides
Both Sides
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  • 20 x 16 x 2 in
Finding My Way Home
Finding My Way Home
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  • 24 x 30 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
Parallel Universe
Parallel Universe
  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
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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  • 24 x 48 x 2 in
Se Pense en Moi
Se Pense en Moi
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  • 18 x 18 x 2 in
Over the Hills and Faraway
Over the Hills and Faraway
  • 20 x 16 x 2 in
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