The Movement of Colour
Joanne Gauthier was born in Trois-rivieres, Quebec and there at college studied visual arts. She then went on for academic studies in visual arts at the University of Quebec. Choosing art has always been a clear passion for Joanne and she has never had any doubts as to the route to follow in both her studies and her subsequent career. “When I was very young,” says Joanne, “My parents lived in Deschambault, and still do to this day, on a small street in a historic borough in Quebec. Many artists have lived in this same painter and Georges St-pierre, whom I knew at the beginning of his career. His studio fascinated me and sometimes we painted together. This was the start of my early development as an artist.”
Art is my Life
For Joanne, art has guided her life – it is visceral, a true need. After her family, this is what occupies all of her thoughts. “I always have to thank the galleries who continue to help me in the dissemination process, which is essential for an artist to grow and continue to improve,” says Joanne. “This is a very arduous way of approaching my craft. Creation is always on my mind and it occupies most of the thinking I am always working a project through in my head, thinking about my art is always present.” “I think that the craft of an artist, although demanding, is highly rewarding and intellectually stimulating. Loneliness, physical work and doubts are part of everyday life. During all these years, I have never stopped painting, I believe in the ardor to pursue my passion, be consistent, constant and to work hard at my craft. The desire to create pushes me to go forward, to continue, I am very grateful for the life of being a painter,” says Joanne. Today, Joanne feels a growing energy and freedom. Having always been inspired, she feels more than ever a fresh, new and surprising creativity. “The trust that my galleries have in me and my work has kept me loyal to them. I have worked for a long time with the same gallery owners who are competent, dynamic and honest people. I appreciate their encouragement and delight in my ar t,” states Joanne.
The Influence of other Artists
Joanne is always stimulated by the work of other great artists and their renditions and use of colour. “I remember visiting an exhibition by the painter Itchiku Kubota,” says Joanne. “It was a series of very large kimonos that illustrated the four seasons. It could be gradually changed from spring to summer, fall and winter. I think this exhibition marked my imagination for its vibrant colors and textures. I can still feel the emotions