Emily Lozeron

EMERGING ARTIST

Written by Andrea Johannson

Emily Lozeron and Robert Bateman. Photo by Emily Lozeron

Emily Lozeron and Robert Bateman. Photo by Emily Lozeron

“I can’t conceive of anything being more varied, and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it…and then I’d like to put it together and express it in my painting.This is the way I want to dedicate my life.”

These words were written by wildlife painter Robert Bateman, but could have been articulated by emerging Peace Region artist Emily Lozeron.

Bateman and Lozeron are kindred spirits and met during a five day workshop led by Bateman on Cortez Island, British Columbia in 2014. Being in his presence continued to inspire Emily in her pursuit of painting the natural world. And we are the more fortunate for it.

Chipping Sparrow, Emily Lozeron

Chipping Sparrow, Emily Lozeron

Growing up on a farm near Debolt Alberta, Emily was surrounded by animals and wide open spaces. Her first drawing was of a horse. She found this activity to be effortless and experienced so much pleasure from it that drawing became her artistic outlet. After moving to Calgary, Emily painted with the wildlife artist David Kitler from 2003–2007, and again in 2014 at a workshop in Costa Rica. “He taught with integrity, and taught me to be meticulous,” Emily recalls. She also attended classes with landscape artist Michael O’Toole in 2013.

There is an intriguing engagement between abstract style and realism in Emily’s acrylic paintings. To reconcile these two styles, Emily describes how she will bring “something solid and not very detailed through the painting” and this softens it. For example, in the Scarlet Macaw she describes how “there is a very abstract background and a very brilliantly coloured bird. I put in one grayish, brown branch that seems to calm the painting down.” In the instance of Unconventional Beauty, the very excited background of this painting is a reflection of the bizarre and gawky movements of the ostrich Emily had been observing. Occasionally, she will do a purely nonrepresentational work, using the image of a tree as an inner reference; but expressing the concept through line and empty space.

Grizzly Splash, Emily Lozeron

Grizzly Splash, Emily Lozeron

Baltic birch has been Emily’s preferred surface on which to paint. She appreciates the rigidity and smoothness of the surface when she is painting anything that requires fine detail. However, over the years, she has been exploring the stretched canvas for her more loosely painted landscapes.

Emily’s talent for photography started as a means of gathering references for her paintings. She wanted to preserve the integrity of the subject. But even though she strives for accuracy, she takes artistic license and will use a compilation of photos for a single subject in her work. She started using more sophisticated equipment to capture detail; and now photography has become a marketable medium for this multi-faceted artist.

To find balance between being an artist, mother, nurse, and wife would seem like a daunting task for most, but Emily “loves being busy.” She has the ability to fit art into her hectic life whenever she has the chance. “I can’t paint when it’s quiet. I’ll watch T.V. or have a conversation. I welcome the distraction.” Emily includes her family in her painting and travel roster. All Emily’s references are photographed on-site. And so by including her family in all aspects of her art, she manages to find her equilibrium.

The Lookout, Emily Lozeron

The Lookout, Emily Lozeron

Even though Emily does not actively seek solitude, she knows that if she ever feels stressed or just wants to get away, she can always go out in nature. As she states, “Everything you see, everything you smell is so beautiful. It’s rejuvenating and relaxing.” Her respect and appreciation for the natural world is evident in her wildlife paintings, where we see details of rock, leaf, water, and sky as a backdrop for her character-laden animals. Her honest landscapes speak of her love for the land and the beauty in imperfection. Emily has become an advocate for habitat. Through her paintings, she hopes to make people more aware of the delicate balance between animal and environment. She is a member of the Artists for Conservation and generously donates work to organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the African Wildlife Foundation.

The future holds promise for this industrious artist. Emily is negotiating with several Peace Region venues for group shows of painting and photography. In previous years, Emily has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Centre for Creative Arts, Beaverlodge Cultural Centre, and presently at Peace Gallery North and Grande Prairie Podollan Inn and Spa. She is also a member of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists. Attributing her success to her supportive family and remarkable friends, Emily states that she would love to be able to do her artwork on a full time basis.

Pondering aloud, she asks, “How great would that be?” For art lovers and for Emily, this sounds like one very good idea.


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