Vicky Lentz is a mixed-media visual artist from the northwest region of New Brunswick. She received degrees in archaeology and ecology from the University of Toronto and became a member of the RCMP. She then studied art at the University and College levels and has followed many specialized workshops by distinguished artists. Most recently, she was awarded a Scholarship to study at the International Centre for the Study of Painting in Italy in 2019.
Vicky's work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Canada. Besides an active studio practice, Vicky is a speaker and sought-after instructor. She also mentors artists on both their artistic and business practices. Vicky recently curated a touring, provincial exhibition and has been the recipient of creation/research grants at both the provincial and national level. She has served on many regional and provincial arts organizations and boards and actively supports the arts at all levels.
The work of Vicky Lentz has been described to hold the key to the confluence between the external and internal worlds, between the physical and the psychological, the evolution of nature and the transformation of the urban. Her source of creativity is a deep and longstanding affinity with the natural world. Working with this natural edge, her studio inquiries employ a variety of materials and methods to engage with the landscape on a human scale. The processes and materials open up a dialogue with the environment. Her home and studio are located in a secluded maple forest. Her daily life unfolds in a direct interaction with the living environment. No artificial additives or preservatives, just pure and simple.
In our modern world where children suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder and our environmental concerns become epic, her contemporary work that echoes and documents this simple life of connection finds a worthy importance.
As an artist, I am a witness and remain wide open to life. Energy moves through me, through us all, and I constantly hone my skills to stay alert and sensitive to the vibrations that surround me.
Through a sound curiosity, I am sharpening and expanding my understanding of figurative oil painting. Slowing the pace, deepening the listening and working from a place of stillness and focused attention, I am drawn to the relation to the other; simple objects and nature. Grounded in a process of distilling visual information, I refine my observations to clearly translate them into the language of paint.
I paint who I am. In this information age, I believe that my work as a visual artist, living in a remote environment, in a state of constant and open connection to the physical world, is a valuable contribution to our times of unprecedented distraction, busyness and disconnection.