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ONLINE ECOURSES WERE A SAVIOR DURING COVID CONFINEMENT


At the end of a 14-day quarantine after rushing back from Mexico in March 2020, I was eager to go back to my studio. I was able to work safely thanks to the large space I have to myself. But life at Complexe Canal Lachine was quiet without meeting fellow artists in the restaurant downstairs or enjoying short chats at the fountain. This is about the time I discovered artist Gillian Lee Smith browsing portrait photos online. I was immediately attracted to her unique expression and mark making and enthused by the online workshops she offered. I first booked Drawn to Expression followed by Portrait, Your Art, Your Way, two four-week programs.

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I then jumped on the occasion to be counted as one of the lucky ones to embark on her 9-month long program Building a Body of Work, a decision that changed my life as an artist.









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I am a Canadian expressive figurative painter originally from Quebec City.  I studied drawing and painting at the Visual Art Centre in Montreal and over the years followed numerous workshops with local and international artists. I added encaustic image transfers to my practice and started doing clay sculptures during  stays in Mexico. 

The faces and figures I paint are vectors to blurred impressions, memories and feelings I aim at rendering in an imagined world.  Gestural mark-making and an intuitive sense of colour result in painterly surfaces where fragile beings take form in a mode of expressive figuration.  

As I continue working with this series I discover new ways of expressing occurrences of absence that never cease to touch me. 

I work daily in my studio in Montreal where I live, except during summer months where I paint in Vermont in the garage I transformed into an open air studio.

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