E. M. Courtemanche lives and works in the Christie Pits Neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I have painted all my life since I was a child first with crayons and pencils in Trinidad. My family moved to Toronto, Canada when we were quite young and I have never stopped painting, it is a part of my everyday life. I like working in abstract and the freedom that comes from the need to re-interpret what occupies the space around us. That may have come from having lived in a different place with a different vibrancy, colour, culture, flora and fauna. I have to paint. It is organic, it evolves as I feel the paint on canvas or paper, this begins the process and I love that I never knows where it will end up … beautiful self-discovery!
She prefers to paint in the abstract, impressionism, expressionism and minimalists style which allows the viewer to form their own interpretation of the work. She is influenced by interesting images or reflections in the landscape or in everyday life which resurfaces and takes form on her canvas. She likes working with acrylic and mixed media on canvas, paper or wood panel.
She studied at the University of Toronto, completing an English Specialist and Canadian Studies Minor, with elective Art History courses. Most of her work has been held privately over the years and she is now exhibiting her work publicly.