October 7 to 28, 2016 Lorena Ziraldo was born in Italy and raised in Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Even while a student at NSCAD, her work demonstrated remarkable maturity and depth. Since her graduation in 2000, she has steadily increased her following with successful exhibitions in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Lorena's paintings are rich with fluid and exquisite brushwork, and indulge in the possibilities of expression through insightful use of colour, light, space, and composition. The narrative quality that prevails in her figure paintings is poetic, compelling, and reflective, as we see reminders of our own lives in the subjects she chooses, and the sensitive way in which she paints them. We're are delighted to be hosting this new exhibition of Lorena's work, entitled A Slice of Life. In this new body of work, the artist extends her commitment to narrative figure painting, with her subjects appearing in day-to-day settings. Colour is strong yet balanced, paint is skilfully applied, and as is a signature quality in her work, we see aspects of our own lives reflected in these paintings.