Like a photographer looking through the lens of a camera, Lillian D. Goertzen Phillips captures moments.
For her, the moments are captured through brush strokes in acrylics.
“When I lose myself in a painting I find peace,” Phillips said. “The act of moving the paint on the canvas is like meditation, soothing and serene.”
Phillips, a self-taught artist currently residing in Nanaimo, was drawn from an early age to artistic endeavours.
She was inspired by a great teacher and by her grandfather who was an artist, and her uncle who ran his own gallery in Denmark.
Now with the birth of her granddaughter, Lily, she has found another muse.
Phillips is moved by the incredible wonders, both on Vancouver Island and around the world.
“When I feel the paint under the brush as I capture the likeness of a vista of mountains and lakes, whether in winter chill or summer splendour, it brings me such peace and solitude,” she said.
The works in this exhibit reflect moments in time – they bring to life a passion-filled force and an urgent need to paint.
Phillips will be at the opening reception for her exhibit at Nanaimo Arts Council gallery Friday (Sept. 16), 7-9 p.m. The show will be on display throughout September.