This painting is titled “Cafe Raimund.” It is an original watercolour painting done by Doris Laner in 2019 and inspired by her trip to Europe. (Submitted)

This painting is titled “Cafe Raimund.” It is an original watercolour painting done by Doris Laner in 2019 and inspired by her trip to Europe. (Submitted)

NTAC artist of the week: Doris Laner

Throughout the summer, the North Thompson Arts Council will host an artist of the week at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market. On Sept. 11, artist Doris Laner will have her artwork on display during the market at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Laner notes that the subject matter of her artwork will be quite different than the usual portrayals of the area. The works she will have on display were done during the COVID-19 lockdown and include a series that stems from her first visit to Europe in 2019.

“It was in some respects a homecoming as my parents were from Austria and it was wonderful to connect with my ancestry,” said Laner.

She likes to call the series “Europe through the eyes of a wilderness dweller” or “Now for something completely different.”

Laner studied painting and art education at the Vancouver School of Art and then at the University of British Columbia in the mid ’70s. She has lived in Clearwater since 1979. Living and working near Wells Gray Park provides Laner with an “endless source of inspiration” and she is grateful to live in the area where she is able to “express and share my creativity with the community.”

Throughout her career she has participated in many solo and group art exhibitions and has received a few awards, most recently the Juror’s Choice second place at the Art Exposed show in Kamloops in 2016.

NTAC is a registered B.C. society that encourages and supports arts and culture projects and any creative pursuit. Membership is open to people of all ages.