I am a French Canadian born and raised in Ottawa. The arts were very important for my parents, and when growing up I was introduced to many different types of art. I have fond memories of my first art teacher, Mrs. Partridge, who got me hooked on painting.
I pursued my interest in the arts at the University of Ottawa and graduated with a BA in visual arts and psychology and a bachelor’s in education. After University, I continued to develop my painting on my own. I drew inspiration from Canadian landscape artists such as Tom Tompson, Jacques Poirier, and Gilles Rebry. My passion for art even worked its way into may day job as a primary school French immersion teacher; the arts were a prominent part of my lesson plans, and the children often asked me if they were doing art or math!
Two years ago, I took got some coaching from Gordon Harrison, a well-known landscape artist in Ottawa. This led to my participation in an exhibition of landscapes “26 Brushes and 52 Hands” at the Harrison gallery on Sussex Drive. Meanwhile, I continued to draw inspiration from the countryside; the two paintings that are now at the co-op were inspired by house boat trips near Deux Rivières.
My interest in stained glass started 15 years ago. My father and I were curious, and we took an introductory workshop. I got hooked! I went on to take all the workshops I could, and I delighted in the interaction of colours and textures. Stained glass is a surprisingly versatile medium, and I have created pieces in many different genres including modern abstract, arts and crafts, prairie style and, of course, landscapes. When I lived in Ottawa, I showed my pieces at the Sienna Gallery in Rockland and at Eufloria in Gloucester.
I enjoy doing commission work. Getting the client involved in tweaking the design and choosing the glass makes the creative process and the final product much more personal and meaningful for the client.
Deep River has a rich and diverse artistic community, and I am looking forward to getting involved and discovering all that it has to offer.