|Freya Grand has been an artist all her life. In 2000 she turned to painting the landscape, immersing herself in the mystery and grandeur of the natural world. Remote places provide the source for her work, places that possess the kind of deep resonance that she seeksominous beauty, vastness, the sense of time. Yet Grand's landscapes are not simply descriptions of destinations; they are points of departure inward. The features of the natural world trigger associations with emotion and memory, making the act of painting a personal kind of archaeology... like running her hands over the remembered contours of the landscape. Grand creates works of greatly contrasting scale. Her large oils on canvas have a vastness, a sense of volumes of air and soaring perspectives, while the small oils on cradled panel offer a complement, a different rhythm in their compression of focus and their cropped point of view. Installed in series, these smaller works have a cinematic quality, "the excerpted pieces of the movie of where I'd been." She received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison with additional courses in advanced oil painting as well as courses in both intaglio and traditional Japanese wood block printing at the Haystack Mountain School in Maine. Her work has been widely exhibited including shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Provincetown, and the Washington, DC region, where she currently lives and works. Most recently Grand had a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. The press release from that exhibition can be viewed at http://freyagrand.com/files/public/documents/PR%20Minding%20the%20Landscape%20NMWA.pdf.