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.

River Spirit
River Spirit
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  • 12 x 12 x 2 in
Golden
Golden
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  • 12 x 12 x 2 in
Evening Glow
Evening Glow
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  • 24 x 30 x 2 in
High Peaks
High Peaks
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  • 6 x 6 x 2 in
Uplifted into Infinite Space
Uplifted into Infinite Space
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  • 60 x 40 x 2 in
Alone in the Forest
Alone in the Forest
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  • 12 x 12 x 1 in
Through the Trees
Through the Trees
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  • 16 x 20 x 2 in
Tommy's Rock
Tommy's Rock
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Cascading Forest
Cascading Forest
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  • 24 x 30 x 2 in
Autumn Morning in the Adirondacks
Autumn Morning in the Adirondacks
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  • 20 x 16 x 2 in
Telluric Rhythm
Telluric Rhythm
  • 24 x 30 in
Shape Shifters
Shape Shifters
  • 30 x 24 x 2 in
Wilderness Float
Wilderness Float
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Wind, Sun, Clouds
Wind, Sun, Clouds
  • 16 x 20 x 2 in
One Wild and Precious Moment
One Wild and Precious Moment
  • 72 x 48 x 2 in
Erratic Behavior
Erratic Behavior
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Cloud Lake
Cloud Lake
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  • 16 x 20 x 2 in
Communion of Subjects
Communion of Subjects
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  • 48 x 6 x 2 in
The Roaring Inside
The Roaring Inside
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  • 28 x 22 x 2 in
River, Roaring Rush
River, Roaring Rush
  • 54 x 72 x 2 in
Fecund Forest
Fecund Forest
  • 28 x 22 x 2 in
River Embrace
River Embrace
  • 30 x 60 x 2 in
Forest Qualia
Forest Qualia
  • 72 x 48 x 2 in
Natura Imaginalis
Natura Imaginalis
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  • 36 x 48 x 2 in
Slowing Down Time
Slowing Down Time
  • 48 x 36 x 2 in