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Working painter learning to live with the unresolved questions in my heart while painting from the inside-out. Beauty is my compass, fire is my heartbeat, the earth is my body.

~ Holly Friesen



Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Visual Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal, painting at York University in Toronto, and with various other artists across Canada and in Europe over the years. More importantly, she has painted from close observation of nature for over 20 years. Throughout her many years of travel she discovered the portability of watercolours and developed her observational skills by painting on location. For the last five years she has rediscovered oils and their luscious physicality and acrylics with their versatility. The scale of her paintings has grown to accommodate the large movement she feels within herself and the earth around her. Her newest pieces are largely informed by the internal metaphors and dream images she encounters when working from the “inside” of the earth landscape.

Holly Friesen directs and coordinates a large barn studio in Mont-Tremblant with a group of artists. The barn serves as both a summer studio and a gallery allowing direct contact between the artists and the public, which is an important element for Holly. In the winter she returns to her Montreal studio located in the Complexe du Canal Lachine.


Holly Friesen

4710 St Ambroise / Studio 350 ~ Montreal QC ~ (514) 484-6583 ~ ~




Artist Statement


I feel I am no longer observing the natural world around me but rather, in a reversal of roles or perception, the natural world seems to be observing me. Painting is a direct response to this living, breathing earth. Working and being outside with the stillness of the rocks, the shifting light patterns and the music of the river are all vital parts of this interconnected weaving.

Painting spontaneously and quickly, brushstrokes become intuitive movements that follow breath and echo emotional responses. This dynamic energetic exchange feels as though I am being held within an intelligent, sentient field, which expresses and animates itself through colors, shapes and movement. I am humbled and awed by this process.




Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010                  Western Skies Environmental Conference  Mount Royal University,Calgary, AB

2010                   The Wilderness Within     EK Voland Galerie d’Art, Montreal, QC

2000                   Rebirth                                  Artbeat Studio, Mont-Tremblant, QC

1995                   Wintergreen Gallery, Mont-Tremblant, QC

1994                   Beaconsfield Library, Beaconsfield, QC

1994                   Bank of Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, QC

1992                   Awakening                           Club Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant

1989                   Carol Levine Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC

1988                   Recent Works by Holly Friesen, Auberge Sauvignon, Mont Tremblant, QC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010                   McGill Visual Impact       McGill University, Montreal, QC

2010                   Montreal Art Expo           Just for Laughs Museum, Montreal, QC

2009                   Autumn                                 Avenue Art Gallery,10 King, Montreal, QC

2009                   Eros                                        La Maison des Arts & Culture, St Faustin, QC

2008                   Transition                            La Maison des Arts & Culture, St Faustin, QC

2007 - 2009      St-Henri Artwalk               St-Henri, Montreal, QC

2008                   Montreal, QC IASD Exhibition Galerie Art Neuf, / Nancy Richter Brezski award given by International Association for the Study of Dreams, San Francisco, California

2007                   La Maison des Arts & Culutre, St Faustin, QC

2007                   Domaine St Bernard Art Symposium, Mont-Tremblant,

2007                   Ottawa Art Festival, Ottawa, Ontario

                              Art in the Park, Ottawa, Ontario

2005 - 2006     Galerie Place de la Gare, Mont-Tremblant, QC

2006                   Galerie d’Art du Vieux Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant QC

2005                   Déo Signos                           Galerie Samuel-Ouimet, Mont-Tremblant, QC

200                      Inner Ryhthms                   Artbeat Studio, Mont-Tremblant, QC

2002                   Earth, Water & Sky           Artbeat Studio, Mont-Tremblant, QC

1989                   Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, Ontario

1988                   Le Salon du Printemps, SCA, juried Complexe Guy-Favreau, Montreal, QC

1988                   Vision One Gallery, Montreal, QC

1988                   Toile Etoile Gallery, Montreal, QC

1992                   Station Mont Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, QC

Art Projects

1995-2005       Founder & Director of Artbeat Studio, Mont-Tremblant, QC
                              Private Art School for children & adults

2005-2006       Art Director of Galerie d’Art du Vieux Tremblant, QC

2007-2009       Founder & Director of the Art Barn, Mont-Tremblant, QC

Cultural Center & Art Gallery

2009-2010      Artistic Director & Curator of Galerie Ateliers du Village, Mont-Tremblant

"Wild Earth" acrlyic, diptych 72" x 54"

"Weaving Roots of Time" acrylic, triptych 48" x 72"

"Release 3" acrylic, 20" x 16"

"Out on a Limb" 40" x 60" acrylic

Muse 2

"Lover's Limbs" acrylic 36" x 48"


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