Christine Reimer shows off two acrylic pieces as part of her exhibit Transition - Visceral Landscapes

Christine Reimer shows off two acrylic pieces as part of her exhibit Transition - Visceral Landscapes

Saanich painter transitions to new look

Christine Reimer shows off her works at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill until May 27

Christine Reimer emerges anew with Transition – Visceral Landscapes this month.

The Saanich artist, well-known for her vibrant landscapes, effectively locked herself away in the studio to start 2014.

“There were weeks I couldn’t do anything except think about what I was painting,” she said. “It was very cathartic.”

There she slipped out of her three decades of stunning acrylic-on-canvas paintings capturing the rugged energy of B.C. and Alberta. She layered and layered and layered acrylic, then scratched away before adding acrylic again until a full collection presented itself.

“These pieces, they reference back to landscape and nature, but they’re quite abstract,” she said. “I’ve wanted to do this for some time. It’s a way to change by looking at things a little differently. You have to keep changing.”

The 35 works set to display in Saanich this month are thoughtful, with aspects of the artist looking at life, death, truth and beauty.

She knows it’s a bit of a departure and it will be “interesting to see how people react” to the abstracts.

“They’re interpretive,” Reimer said. “When I started I didn’t know what they would end up being. They’re very much an exploration. I’d like people to interpret. I want them to respond in a visceral manner.”

Thus the title Transition – Visceral Landscapes on display this month at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. from May 15 to 27.

As a well-established artist, the dramatic shift in subject matter and technique is a risk, but one worth taking.

“I don’t think it’s art unless your just doing it because you have to do it, it’s something that needs to be expressed,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll sell any paintings and that’s okay. Because I’ve learned an enormous amount … even if I go back to landscape painting tomorrow, I have changed.”

Visit for more on this artist.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria, with winds expected to get up to 70 km/h Friday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Wind warning promises blustery Friday for Greater Victoria

Winds up to 70 km/h expected Friday morning

Passengers in rows 13 to 19 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8069 from Vancouver to Victoria Feb. 28 were exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
COVID-19 exposure found on flight from Vancouver to Victoria

Passengers in rows 13 to 19 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8069 Feb. 28 affected

Low interest rates have acted as a catalyst for the pandemic real estate market. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)
Real estate sales surging across Greater Victoria but risks lie ahead

Single family home prices jump nine per cent over past year while condo values remain stable

Crews deal with a rock slide on the Malahat section of Highway 1 in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rock work closes Highway 1 in Langford for spurts

Friday closures could delay drivers up to 20 minutes

Crews disassemble the iconic red and white KFC bucket from a sign on Goldstream Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Mark Schoor)
Iconic KFC bucket removed from Goldstream Avenue

Popular fast-food chain closes Langford location

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

The intersection of Melrose Street and Third Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Suspect in custody after two pedestrians struck in Port Alberni hit and run

RCMP asking for video footage, credit witnesses for quick arrest

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley RCMP raid Courtenay problem house, several arrests made

Comox Valley RCMP conducted a raid of a problem house on 20th… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Most Read