Aili Kurtis

Aili Kurtis explores the rhythms and patterns of the Canadian landscape in her studio overlooking Pike Lake near Perth, Ontario. She seeks the “abstract within the real” and creates images that move away from reality while still maintaining the appeal of the theme.


In her own words, “the paintings reflect ‘Forest Bathing’ where one feels rejuvenated by Nature just by looking at light filtering through the leaves. My paintings are more than picturesque landscapes, they are a personal interpretation of the ‘life force’ behind Nature.”


Raised in Yellowknife, N.W.T., Aili went south to study at the Ontario College of Art (Toronto) and Ecole des Beaux Arts (Montreal). She went on to receive a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Quebec.


Aili paints in oil, acrylic, and pastel. Her award-winning paintings have been featured in The International Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and the Artist’s Magazine. She was awarded the title “Master Pastellist” by the Pastel Artists of Canada in 2004. Her work has been published in several books, including: “AcrylicWorks: The Best of Acrylic Painting” (2014); “How Did They Paint That? Seascapes, Rivers, and Lakes” (2008).