Dixie Orriss is a born and raised Albertan. She studied classical and non-traditional methods of drawing, painting, and sculpture under Edmonton artist, J. Birnie, and took courses in painting, design, art history and life drawing with the University of Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan College. In 1992, she opened Pygmalion Art School in St. Albert and began practicing as a professional artist.
Her latest series of acrylic works on canvas, called “Divided Essence”, have developed gradually over the last eight years. She creates “fractured” paintings starting with geometric or organic shapes. The sections alternate between textured and smooth paint applications.
The juxtaposition of the different types of painted areas create a movement and rhythm of their own; the textured shapes “pulse” forward on a close inspection of the paintings, but at a distance the shapes disappear and you see the painting as a whole.
Nature scenes inspire Orriss; she believes humanity will be able to heal more quickly if people spend more time around nature. Her message is to live in the moment; take time to experience and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
Orriss paints places she has been or flowers that have grown in her backyard. In this way, her paintings have much more of a personal connection and is a never-ending source of material for her inspirations.
In 2013, Orriss was selected for a grant for the Keys for the City, a street piano project in St. Albert and in 2014, won the St. Albert Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Art’s Teaching.
Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, and in corporate and private collections and is currently represented by Rowles and Company, located in Edmonton, Alberta.
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