Angela Lorenzen made the jump from scientist to pursing painting full time in 2009, and has found success through her self-taught methods. Her distinctive painting style comes from a combination of the hyper-realism and spirit that she appreciated and studied in the works of Canadian artists. Her show with Margarethe Vanderpas will open at Westland Gallery on March 29th and run until April 17th, with the opening reception on Friday April 1st at 7:30 PM.
Lorenzen has shared her creative process with us, revealing that travel and photography are the essential first steps. The travel allows her to experience moments which she can use as subject matter in her paintings, and gain a emotional connection that she can express through the subject matter. The photography is a way for her to record these moments to reference during the hyper-realistic painting process, which requires a high level of detail retention. To capture the depth, luminosity and sharp focus in her paintings she slowly builds up thin semi-transparent layers of paint until a hyper-realistic effect is achieved. Angela develops her dynamic composition to emphasize movement across the canvas and between the different focal points.
For this show she has selected works which show her consistent use of these techniques to covey these spiritual moments, with her newest works being based on a recent trip taken to the north shore of Lake Superior and Thunder Bay.