In PURPLE CANOPY, the unique style of Canadian Artist, Holly Ann Friesen is perfectly on point. Known for her abstracted landscapes, Holly Ann brings the viewer up into the tree tops with this colourful display of the forest canopy. As the artist has said, and this is a perfect example, viewing this painting up close and from far away are very different experiences. Either way, you will love the variety of colour and the illusion of light in this piece.
Acrylic on canvas, 16" x 16"
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.