Anita Utas’ landscapes often capture ephemeral moments as viewed in nature; the quiet magic when the day moves to dusk, the uplifting beauty of the sky above the ocean, the passing of a storm. She is drawn to the calming forces of far off vistas; landscapes that are beyond simple visual identification.
“The role of the artist, I believe, is to express what has significant meaning in our lives, and in doing so, inspire viewers to contemplate these concepts on a deeper level. Through my work, I wish to offer a respite from our urban, tethered existence. A painting becomes a place where we can explore and experience what we are seeking, be it a communion with nature, or an inner dialogue that helps us come closer to an awareness of ourselves and our place in this world.”
Anita was born in London, Ontario, and now resides in Ottawa. She received her honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at Western University where she studied painting and drawing under Paterson Ewen and Duncan de Kergommeaux.
She is currently represented by galleries in Ottawa and Perth, and is included in many private collections in Canada, the USA and Europe. Her artistic influences include J.M.W. Turner and Caspar David Freidrich.