Laurie Near is an award-winning Canadian artist and teacher, working primarily in acrylic painting.
Intuitive process is the driving force behind Laurie’s work where paintings are characterized by focus on repetition, organic shapes and fluidly applied colour. Multiple layers of glaze, in conjunction with the use of metallic and iridescent pigments, allow each painting to reveal subtle, yet important compositional changes depending on the precise angle at which light hits the surface of the canvas.
An avid naturalist and a strong believer in basic philosophies regarding the interconnectedness of humans and the natural world, Laurie can often be found hiking with her dog, taking in the scenery and quietly absorbing images and impressions for use back in the studio. Some more abstracted than others, her paintings are infused with symbols, colours and shapes inspired by elements of nature.