The Avenue Gallery celebrates nature with the upcoming exhibition, “Homage to Trees,” featuring new works by Kimberly Kiel and Mary-Jean Butler. Exhibition runs from March 28 – April 11 at The Avenue Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue.
Kimberly Kiel expresses herself through a wide variety of subject matter: landscapes & treescapes, figure pieces & florals. She loves the creaminess of oil, the opportunity to blend and the fact that it doesn’t dry too quickly. Looking at her work, it’s obvious that colour is a major source of inspiration. She greatly enjoys playing around with the surface of the canvas, creating different layers and textures.
“I paint as an expression of joy, of energy, of feeling completely alive. It is pure delight to squeeze out huge piles of oil paint, squish it around, have it blend, meld, combine. Wet paint, layer upon layer, morphing into a tangible and interesting surface – thick, creamy, an array of gorgeous impasto marks. I strive to leave much to the imagination, for the viewer to fill in the blanks. To go from a blank, white canvas to one filled with brilliant, glorious colour – there is a huge sense of satisfaction in that.”