My art journey is lifelong and continuously evolving. At university having committed to a Degree in English and Canadian Studies, I took every opportunity to take Art History courses as electives. As a self-taught artist working primarily in painting with acrylic and mixed media I continue to push the boundaries as my art tries to negotiate what occupies the space around us and how we perceive those spaces. Place is something I had to grow into, it is personal and expressive of someone born in one country, raised in another. It reflects my persistence in the face of personal struggles in forging an identity and finding my place in the world to call home.
I have done a fair bit of travelling and my relationship to landscapes is physically powerful and intense. I feel connected when I look out at majestic mountains, wide stretches of waters and white snowy peaks. I love the changing of seasons and perfusion of colours that imprint itself on my subconscious. There is a spirituality to these landscapes and since memory is subjective, I try to capture the essence of a place by creating tension between representational and abstract. My use of bold colours is intentional as it evokes emotions and attachments, and while nature is ever present in my work, the work remains abstract, relying on the viewer to make a connection.
My process is organic, starting with a gesture, a choice of colours and the feel of the paint on the canvas. Sometimes that takes my through many twists and turns and ends with beautiful self-discovery that I wish to share with you!
Annette E.M. Courtemanche is an emerging artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She studied at the University of Toronto. Most work is held privately, and she is now exhibiting publicly.
You can reach her at email@example.com