Alissa Tjen

An emerging modern landscape artist based in North Vancouver.

Alissa is an emerging modern landscape artist based in North Vancouver, BC.

Working primarily in acrylics, she often employs an abstract and impressionist style in her landscape paintings. She started painting from childhood and continued her artistic journey at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She refined her own visual and conceptual vocabulary that was then translated through her graphic design works. She is now pursuing her career as a multi-disciplinary artist depicting ‘nature’ in many of her paintings.

Inspired by the energy within the Canadian West Coast nature, she portrays the West Coast landscape in a colourful and dynamic style. She captures the beauty that surrounds her with the feeling of deep gratitude and desires to share the vitality of nature she experienced during her adventures in the historical national parks and trails. She is exploring ways to express how the light plays its role in her paintings and her works evolve from a realistic style to a more abstract style that amalgamates both subtlety and boldness.

She has years of experience in teaching painting and has exhibited her artworks in numerous juried group exhibitions in the North Shore and her works can be found in private collections in Canada, Germany and the United States.

“When I had a trip to Alaska 3 years ago, I witnessed how rapidly the glaciers were melting and learned that certain animals are seriously affected by the change in the ecosystem caused by the melting glaciers. The melting water runs down to raise sea levels destroying vegetation that feeds animals at lower altitudes. The lack of glaciers in the north threatens many wildlife habitat as well as that of polar bear and arctic seals which are more directly affected by it.

Our actions have consequences. Our life is becoming more convenient, but what are we exchanging it with? Each of us are responsible for protecting our earth, to be respectful of the natural lifecycles, as we are not here on this planet to live alone. It is not only animals that are affected by the melting glaciers, we are experiencing the abnormality in climate change every year. I hope we can all reflect on what we are doing that are damaging our habitat and change our daily habits to make our place more liveable.”