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.

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
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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
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  • 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
Slow River
Slow River
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  • 10 x 10 x 2 in
Tree Poem 3
Tree Poem 3
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  • 14.5 x 12.5 x 2 in
Tree Poem 2
Tree Poem 2
  • 114 x 12 x 1 in
Forest Poems
Forest Poems
  • 14 x 12 x 1 in
Purple Mantle
Purple Mantle
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  • 15 x 30 x 2 in
Part of You Flows into Me
Part of You Flows into Me
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  • 30 x 24 x 2 in
Road Tripping Towards the Light
Road Tripping Towards the Light
  • 24 x 48 x 2 in
Ruisseau Noir
Ruisseau Noir
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  • 48 x 36 x 2 in
Part of Me Flows Out of You (1)
Part of Me Flows Out of You (1)
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  • 30 x 24 x 2 in
Forest Light
Forest Light
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  • 8 x 8 x 2 in
The Edge of Landscape
The Edge of Landscape
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Radiant Absence
Radiant Absence
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  • 40 x 60 x 2 in
The River Rolls On
The River Rolls On
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in