Carla Lam


I wandered far from home to find myself through painting.  Born in Canada and having lived for a decade in New Zealand, a doctorate in political philosophy and a stable job at the University of Otago was the path to a regular painting practice. The disorienting experience of immigration to a far-flung country was the catalyst for discovering a deep, undeniable desire to create beyond the academic context. I’m now back in Canada giving expression to the need for visual communication; honoring the process of change and following where painting may lead.  My key carpe diem moments surrounded publishing a book which led to eventually selling my charming home and magic garden, to be closer to kin. 


I am now happily concentrating all my academic might in service of other forms of communication.  I favor working in oil, creative mark making, and letting the process inform the subject.  I love heavy texture that is luscious to the eye and am particularly interested in the possibilities opened up in large scale work, and curious about links between visual and literary creations. 


My paintings explore the world in terms of shape/form, color and concept.  They are impressionistic -- often alla prima, with palette knife and whatever else can make the mark. I’m inspired by landscapes (both natural and cultural), (the magic of) color, and many artist/teachers including Anneloes Douglas, as well as Gary Curran, Neil Frazer, Jennie de Groot, Cy Twombly, Peter Von Tiesenhousen, and the Impressionists. 





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