POINT OF INTEREST, painted by this northwestern Ontario artist, reminds you of the special walk to the lake, when you first spy the water just beyond the next tree line. The Lake of the Woods area on the border of Ontario and Manitoba is an area that adds to Canada's reputation for landscapes of pine trees and vast lakes dotted with islands. Holly Ann Friesen, with her abstracted landscapes conveys the beauty and appeal of this special topography.
Acrylic on canvas, 22" x 28"
The Artist: Holly Ann Friesen, currently living in Kenora, Ontario was raised on a farm in the Red River Valley in Manitoba where her love and appreciation of nature started. Her post-secondary education revolved around plant science leading to a Masters degree in plant genetics, allowing her to focus on nature at the micro- and macroscopic level, which would later be reflected in her art. “There is a different experience viewing the natural world, and a painting, up close and from farther away.”
Her move to northwestern Ontario prompted her to start making time for her art. “This landscape is endlessly inspiring… its a blend of rock, lake, trees and grand skies - reminiscent of my Prairie upbringing.” Holly Ann uses colour and shape to examine light and perspective in abstraction. “I enjoy taking a familiar subject and creating something new. There is a promise of something more than what the eye first sees.” A few years ago, Holly added running a public studio and gallery to her art practice where she enjoys meeting people and supporting other artists.