Lisa Baldwin's work is influenced by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven’s desire to create an art based on the northern character of Canada. Her aim is to maintain an» adventurous mindset going beyond surface appearance and penetrating deeper essential truths of the still wild places. Rendered feverishly with bold strokes of paint, she seeks to isolate a moment in the life of a landscape.
Haiku are short poems about small details in nature within time and space. The essence of haiku lies in the juxtaposition of two images or ideas with a word that highlights the moments of separation during which these two contrasting elements are connected. An important aspect of haiku is the "Kigo", a word or phrase that is associated with a particular season.
In the spirit of these brief poems about nature, all of the paintings in the exhibition were painted outside on location from direct observations of the places represented. Her creations are fashioned with charcoal and oil paint on wood panels, canvas, and cardboard panels with1 and half inch deep cradles. Also in the series are pieces painted on wood panels mounted in antique window frames.
Lisa Baldwin is an alumni of Saskatchewan’s legendary artists’ workshop at Emma Lake. An avid outdoors woman, she travels with her paints into the wilderness in search of details in nature often unseen by others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in private collections across Canada, the United States, Belgium and Hungary.
Opening reception will be held on Sunday the 17th of September at 2 p.m.