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I choose to paint remote and untouched places in the world.

I have hiked the mountainous regions of Patagonia and the rain forests of Costa Rica.  I have experienced the vast moonscape that is the desert land of Namibia.  I have observed volcanoes in Ecuador and in Hawaii, seeing the creative and destructive forces of lava flows.  I have flown over massive glacier fields in Iceland whose fissures are dusted with volcanic ash.

I am compelled to translate my experiences into paintings with the hope that others will feel the sweep and power of the earth's phenomenal and fragile fabric, so they may pause to consider, as I do - what is the meaning of this place?

I am motivated to do what many artist-explorers have done before me, artists such as Frederick Church and George Catlin: to go to places where others cannot go, to "report back" on the revelatory vastness of the earth's marvelous landscapes.  It is said that many people of the 19th century were deeply stirred by depictions of places they had never seen, stirred in a way that scientific facts and maps could not achieve.

Our innate ties to nature are ties that modern life and technology can cause us to forget.  Science warms us about what we are irrevocably losing and the growing impacts on all life on earth.  By awakening our individual and collective ties to this planet through my work, I truly hope to  make a difference.

                                                                                                                 Freya Grand

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Thorsmork___2017__48_x_60_reduced.jpg

I choose to paint remote and untouched places in the world.

I have hiked the mountainous regions of Patagonia and the rain forests of Costa Rica.  I have experienced the vast moonscape that is the desert land of Namibia.  I have observed volcanoes in Ecuador and in Hawaii, seeing the creative and destructive forces of lava flows.  I have flown over massive glacier fields in Iceland whose fissures are dusted with volcanic ash.

I am compelled to translate my experiences into paintings with the hope that others will feel the sweep and power of the earth's phenomenal and fragile fabric, so they may pause to consider, as I do - what is the meaning of this place?

I am motivated to do what many artist-explorers have done before me, artists such as Frederick Church and George Catlin: to go to places where others cannot go, to "report back" on the revelatory vastness of the earth's marvelous landscapes.  It is said that many people of the 19th century were deeply stirred by depictions of places they had never seen, stirred in a way that scientific facts and maps could not achieve.

Our innate ties to nature are ties that modern life and technology can cause us to forget.  Science warms us about what we are irrevocably losing and the growing impacts on all life on earth.  By awakening our individual and collective ties to this planet through my work, I truly hope to  make a difference.

                                                                                                                 Freya Grand

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