Arleigh Wood is a landscape painter and photographer who is inspired by the wonders of nature. She gathers images and impressions on her travels around the world and around her neighbourhood; the journey continues onto her canvas. An experience with Icelandic icebergs becomes a geometric splash of vivid colour and form, conveying the surreal majesty and travesty of a melting ice cap. An immersion into her Japanese heritage leads to enchanting experiments with brushstrokes and woodblocks. A simple walk with her children near her home in North Vancouver, surrounded by rushing waters and towering trees, becomes a shimmering contemplation of love and legacy.
Emotional intuition is one of Arleigh’s superpowers. It is a hallmark of her work and her relationships, connecting the artist and her audience in a heartfelt way. For family and friends, she is the go-to for life advice and the life of every dance party. Her creativity goes beyond the fine arts, manifesting itself in the most memorable of costumes and party personas. As a wife and mother, she juggles her artistic expression with familial expectations. But as she seeks out life’s beauty and balance, she sees what’s real and helps us realize it for ourselves.
Written by Susan K Neale – friend
Which ‘hood are you in?
My studio is in an industrial area in East Vancouver and my home is near the mountains and trails of North Vancouver.
What do you do?
I am a painter, photographer & nature lover who makes colourful and gestural artwork that honours the fragile beauty of our home on earth
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a mural for the Vancouver Mural Festival at the Royal Centre in downtown Vancouver. In addition to this, I am creating a new series of Geometrics paintings for a show in July.
Where can we find your work?
You can book a studio appointment to see my work in person at my 1000 Parker St studio 604-809-1661 or email@example.com