ANGELA LORENZEN & MARGARETHE VANDERPAS
MAR 29 to APR 17
RECEPTION: Fri, April 1st at 7:30 PM
Extended hours for all London Artist Studio Tour times
ANGELA at Westland Gallery: Friday April 15th from 7 - 9:30pm, Saturday April 16th from 1 - 3pm and Sunday April 17th from 3 - 5pm.
MARGARETHE at Westland Gallery: Friday April 15th from 7 - 9:30pm
Although educated and employed for many years as a scientist, Angela chose to pursue painting as a second career and in 2009 started painting full-time. The absence of formal training in the arts has not prevented her from studying and appreciating the work of other artists. Angela is particularly drawn to the works of the Canadian realist painters - Alex Colville, Takao Tanabe and Christopher Pratt. On the other hand, she also appreciates paintings that evoke a strong spiritual feeling - such as those by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and Franklin Carmichael. The combination of a high realism style with a sensitivity for the spirit of a subject has resulted in Angela's distinctive painting style. Travel and photography are the essential first steps in Angela's creative process; travel allows her the experience of “being there” and photography provides a reference and record of detail. Although detail provides the framework, she strives to evoke character, mood and theme in each of her paintings. To accomplish this, she spends considerable time developing dynamic compositions that emphasize movement across the painting and among focal points. Next, depth, luminosity and sharp focus are achieved by slowly building up thin semi-transparent layers of paint until a hyper-realistic effect is achieved.
I draw my inspiration from many sources; the waters and limestone cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula and the shorelines of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay. I am fascinated by the powerful forces that have shaped the landscape and the effects that time and weather have had upon the earths' surface. Water in particular has fascinated me since childhood. I delight in the discovery of rhythmic patterns created by light as it passes through water, by the ripples on its surface and how it transforms and distorts what lies beneath. These patterns inspire me not just for their beauty, but because they suggest an underlying natural order.
My drawings and paintings of water are my exploration of water in its simplest, purist form. These explorations have lead me to have a greater understanding and appreciation of our connection to water as the fundamental physical, cultural, and spiritual basis for existence. It is fitting that the varied and dynamic forms of all life upon the earth would arise from such an active and animated medium.