I’m a queer femme-artist who thinks speaking out on topics that are real to me and that touch women’s lives through my art is what i should be doing which kinda explains all the vagina paintings. I’ve been working on the vagina pieces for a little more than a year now and my vagina paintings have been showcased at four different V-Day art events as well as at a local art fair in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec. In the past year or so, i’ve been concentrating my attention on how society views the female nude and especially women in general hence one of my reasons for painting female erotica.
At present time ( december , 2011 ), a few of my paintings are showcased at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho, New York ( until january 15th, 2012 ). My paintings were in a few Erotic Art Shows such as * Provocation – Sensuality and Eroticism * put together by the Conseil des arts du Québec at the Musée Juste pour Rire and at other venues. My pieces were in the company as such erotic art greats as H.R. Giger. They have been in other erotic shows like ” The Dirty Show10, in Detroit, USA ), ” The Rochester, NY Erotic Art Festival “, the Sex Show at Gallery 13 in Toronto.
More recently, my art has focused more on my feminist gaze on queer lives and people and women’s concerns.
My style can be best defined as contemporary realism, I prefer painting in oils and soft pastels for the most part. I’ve studied for about five years in a private Art School in Montreal and absorbed a wealth of knowledge technically and this has allowed me to evolve as an artist. For me, it is essential to be able to broach topics sometimes deemed taboo or not for polite company, i make no apologies, this is who am.
Subject matter varies ( still life, landscape, portrait, etc,. ) dependent on what captivates my attention at the time. Sometimes, i paint what i see, with no special message and at other times, i paint the socially unacceptable, the raw experiences of life, especially in regards to violence against women. I cannot see myself using my talent as an artist without giving voice to what i feel matters.
Of course, my being a feminist and queer woman greatly influence how is see the world around me and i’m glad for it. I love the vibrancy of what the Impressionists brought the world, i am also a fan of Rembrandt and the old school masters. I find myself influenced by the strong women in my life and throughout history and try to honor this through what i paint.
I have had few awards for my work, mainly due to my not seeking them out. At the Dirty Show in Detroit, USA, I received an honorable mention and a cash prize. I was awarded first prize for technique and composition at the school i studied in and also received an honorable mention at a rather large art show in Montreal, i think it was at the Place Bonaventure Hotel. Other than those, i have mainly been busy selling directly to clients. One of my paintings is in the private collection of the Blake family ( Mr. Toe Blake’s daughter ), another is hanging from the wall of a private College ( Collège Français ) in the montreal area and many more have found homes all over the province, in Ontario as well as in the U.S.A. and even as far as Greece.
I live in a small municipality called Sainte-Béatrix, Quebec, Canada and I paint to my heart’s content. I’m hoping to share my art with all.