I was born in Montreal in 1965 but really grew up around the world. As a result, my life has been quite colourful and this has extended into my art (and my cooking). Since I have always loved exploring and taking long walks, I feel very fortunate to now live right beside the beautiful woods of l’Ile-Bizard, a protected nature park in the west island of Montreal. It’s a place that fills me with both happiness and much inspiration. I’m fascinated by the effects of sunlight and colour and the resulting glow and energy flowing through nature. In today’s fast-paced world, I think enjoying a daily dose of nature’s beauty is essential (even if it’s only for a few minutes a day)!
I have a Collegial Diploma (DEC) in Fine Arts and a BA in Communications. I’m a mostly self-taught artist who began painting in 2011. I loved it so much that in 2017 I decided to extend my passion for painting full-time. The entire oil painting process gives me so much pleasure --- establishing the composition and colour, using painterly brushstrokes and finally watching the painting come alive.
My preferred mediums are oils and soft pastels which I like for their flexibility and rich colours. My subjects include landscapes, nature studies, still lifes and figurative works. I have been influenced by many artists but I especially like those that use bold colours... artists like Odilon Redon, Vincent Van Gogh, Félix Vallotton and Lawren Harris... to name just a few.
At the moment, I am working on a series of landscape paintings inspired by the pristine woods of Bois-de-l’Ile-Bizard, in my hometown.
Instagram (see my works in progress): https://www.instagram.com/carolinedonatifinearts