Member since: 2007
"Painting is like deep prayer invoking a reverence for the earth’s inner landscape, which is my own breath. Fire is my heartbeat, beauty my compass, and the Earth is my body."
Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Visual Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal and painting at York University in Toronto. Throughout many years of travel she discovered the portability of watercolours and honed her skills by painting on location. Settling in Mont-Tremblant, QC, Holly opened “Artbeat Studio” where she gave workshops and art classes for 25 years. While living & working in the Laurentians she painted from close observation of nature. She rediscovered the luscious physicality of oils and the textural versatility of acrylics. The scale of her paintings continually grew to accommodate the large movement she felt within herself and the earth around her. Her newest pieces are largely informed by internal metaphors and dream images she encounters when working from the “inside” of the earth landscape.
|Title||Above and Beyond|
|Summary||30" x 36" acrylic|
|Description||The expansive and thrilling view atop Mount Whiteface overlooking Lake Placid.|
|Title||Soul Floating in Cosmic Star Sky|
|Summary||24" x 30" acrylic on canvas|
|Description||The result of an evening spent floating on my back in a boat looking up at the milky way and listening to the loons call.|
|Title||The Red Line|
|Summary||36" x 72" acrylic on canvas|