Theresa Williams posing with some of her pictures on display at the Critical Mass Pop-Up Gallery. Gus Horn photo.

Exhibit explores shapes, colours and the way light plays

Theresa Williams shows off her paintings

Theresa Williams’ Of Place and Time exhibit is on at the Critical Mass Pop-Up Gallery.

The works explore various landscapes and the way light, shapes and colours interact.

“I’ve known Theresa for some time she went through Emily Carr [College of the Art] back in the day and started painting a couple of years ago… She lives in Calgary now [but] a large part of this body of work is out west of here on the Fraser River where she grew up and for someone who hasn’t been painting she’s been fairly prolific. In the last year, she’s basically put this together,” says Gus Horn, owner of the gallery.

Some people would wait as much as half a lifetime to something as clever as the work on display, says Horn.

According to Horn, she’s travelled to many of the places she’s painted and takes pictures, but she occasionally uses other pictures as well.

“If you’ve been to these places, she captures certainly the essence of that experience,” he says. “Because the perspective when you’re there is different than trying to put in on paper; put it on a flat surface is a real challenge. She understands some of the technical challenges of colour and forcing perspective and light.”

According to Williams, “each painting considers a landscape and how time influences and alters that visual reality. Time being that element affecting everything: time of day, time of year, memories of times past, points in time, time passing,” she says in the brochure.

She’s always felt drawn to those places that dwarf or overshadow the viewer with some being easier to get to than others, she writes.

Williams’ work will be on display at the Critical Mass Pop-Up gallery until Dec. 22.

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