Laurie Martz, Artist

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About Laurie Martz

My  work is in acrylic and mixed media, the subject being both intuitive and landscape inspired. I am  influenced by the place I now live and love. I am so fortunate to have a bright oceanside studio which allows me to create while hearing the cry of the eagles and barking sea lions… 

My art process has evolved over the last few years, with less recognisable landscape and more  surprise as I paint. I may start out with a concept, a question, or an investigation, but where it leads arises from the work itself: a realisation that the painting directs me.

I paint from a sense of play, following my intuition. Colour and texture are the language of my work. I paint in layers, with collage and markmaking and tools all involved, then add and subtract, scraping away what’s not longer needed until the balance I’m looking for is achieved.

I notice in what comes out on the canvas that I am influenced both by the landscape and by my emotions. My work shows the hiding and the reveal. My art comes from the core that defines me and tells of my own interior landscape, reflecting the natural world around me, whether recognisable or obscured. Often figures and other images come up unexpectedly and lead me somewhere I wasn’t intending to go.

My art education has been mostly through experience and through workshops live and on-line (especially through the pandemic). My work has been shown at both juried and community shows on the island and is in private collections in BC and across Canada.

I share my work with others to bring joy and beauty, and to let them see… the me inside.  Art can often reflect the themes and questions of the world around… layered in complexity, seen and interpreted with a personal filter.

I believe people see what they need to see, and that enriches their world.

Thanks for listening.

Have a look at my work on the Gallery pages, and if you see something that interests you or if you have any questions I’d love to hear from you.

Studio visits can be arranged, and I deliver locally and can arrange to ship to further away if that’s required.

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