Featured Artist Valerie Wiebe

Artist Valerie Wiebe crafts beautifully patterned frames to surround her impressionistic landscapes, adding to the story behind her paintings. Visit her website to enjoy more of her work.

 

Landscape painting of a field with birds with a Patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“Look at the Birds!” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

I have always been a creative soul. As a young girl I was constantly crafting, making and imagining new things, completely and totally infatuated with color, pattern and beauty.

 

Landscape painting of a cloudy blue sky with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“Hydrangea Sky” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 41” x 41”

 

I grew up in an area of Saskatchewan that is primarily flat and treeless, surrounded by open sky and vast horizons. However, it wasn’t until recently, perhaps the last five years or so, that I have begun to realize the impact that has had on my life and how I express myself creatively.

 

Landscape painting of a pink tinged sky over flat land with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“The Sky Wore a Pink Dress” Acrylic on Birch Panel, 31.5” x 31.5”

 

I love watching the way the light is continually changing the landscape across the seasons.

 

Landscape painting of a cloudburst over the prairie with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“Flourishing!” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

I adore all the shifting colors and moods of the sky and the prairie terrain.

 

Landscape painting of a road through a farm field with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“Sacred Land” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

My paintings explore those changes, but perhaps even more, they are a reflection of the inner landscape of my thoughts and emotions.

 

Landscape painting of a house at the bottom of a green hil with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“I Will Remember You!” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

I use two stances of perspective in my work—looking up and looking down. Both of these postures inspire a paradox—of awe that I get to experience such beauty; and a profound realization of my own insignificance. Both attitudes help me to remain humble and to value my life and the opportunities I have been given. In my painting I discover a spirit of gratitude.

 

Landscape painting of a flat farm field with different colored crops with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“A Coat of Many Colors” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

People often comment on the unique borders I create around my painted landscapes. Many love or are intrigued by them, but I have also been told I don’t need those borders, that my landscapes can stand on their own.

 

Acrylic landscape with painted frame of a wheat field with hay bales by Valerie Wiebe

“As Above, So Below” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

They may all be right, and yet I feel a compulsion to keep doing these borders. I think about them as subtext or a footnote to the central image, more information.

 

 

landscape painting of a farm on a hill at night with a patterned painted frame by Valerie Wiebe

“The Road That Leads You Home” Acrylic on Baltic Birch Panel, 17.5” x 17.5”

 

They feed my “from childhood” obsession with color, pattern and beauty. They give me a place to play, to try new techniques, and blur the lines between art and craft.

 

Artist Valerie Wiebe at work in her studio

Artist Valerie Wiebe at work in her studio

 

The tagline for my art business is “Where the creative journey is always surprising!”  That idea truly describes my process. This art making continues to be a wonderful life journey, with new opportunities at every turn, and joy afresh each morning.

 

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Comments

  1. These are so lovely. My favorite is Sacred Land.

  2. Thanks so much! This was a very special piece to draw attention to the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indigenous rights here in Canada. I firmly believe that it is only when we all work together, Indigenous and Settler peoples, will true and lasting social change happen. Thanks for your interest.

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