Kari Lehr lives and paints in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design (1987), she spent 20 years illustrating for various agencies, studios and corporations around North America. Today she pursues her own vision, working primarily in acrylic, often with collage elements as well as chalk pastel. "I am endlessly fascinated by the textures and layers which are found not only in the landscape, but which comprise our relationships with each other and the mental and physical environment in which we live. In this frenetic society we live in, I cherish the quiet solitude I often feel in my community which allows room for peaceful contemplation. Through my work, I seek to impart a sense of that stillness which allows us to feel connection to each other and the natural world.”
About the Bear Series:
I have always been fascinated by bears; they fill me with a curious sense of wonder and delight mixed with dread. Living in a mountain community, there are many opportunities to see them, and when summer rolls around and the tourists stream through our community, I am always reminded of the excitement I felt (and still feel) while on holidays in years past, with the possibility of a bear sighting always around the next bend in the road or trail. Painting bears allows me to both relax and have fun with paint-and colour! I love to paint them as portraits with an almost human-like quality and connection to the viewer.
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