Marie-Doris Valois has been painting and showing her work since 1992. Trained in an intuitive approach to drawing and painting, for several years now she has been fascinated by the techniques of the great masters at the fine arts school MISSION RENAISSANCE in Montreal. These techniques have helped her to enrich her own artistic language. She has also studied color and painting with artist Francine Labelle in Montreal. Previously, she created a line of ready-to-wear women’s clothing and bed linens, all hand-painted. For 17 years she exhibited her creations at salons in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto.

Her passion for artistic creation, her dynamism and her highly-developed organizational sense served her well in the establishment of the ÉCOLE D’ÉTÉ, arts et métiers d’art de Mont-Laurier in 1998. She worked for seven years in this unique setting combining creation and exploration.

She now organizes workshops where the unique expression of each participant is recognized and valued.

Artist’s Statement

A landscape rendered by spontaneous figurative strokes, a piece of live Nature that dances and sings at the touch of the artist... this is what my work is about. I like to transpose and reinvent what I see, what I feel. By my perception of things, I renew the landscape that I have appropriated. My work seeks to show life in all its movement. I leave myself open to the effects of the light as it falls on a particular element, to the play of its shadows…

A rapid stroke of the brush, elaborate colors inspired by Nature, my constant source of inspiration, plunge the spectator into a visual poem. These same colors, with their naïve dimensions and connotations, find their place spontaneously in the composition. The dabs and splashes applied to the canvas become masses of color that assume recognizable shapes: the subject is figurative without erasing completely the trace of the strokes that gave it life. Like reality, the oberver’s perceptions change, according to the mood, or to the light.

My technique is inevitably based on early as well as more recent training and practice.

Beyond this, I feel the influence of several contemporary figurative artists. The works of the great masters have also inspired and nourished my artistic development.

By exploring and experimenting outside the bounds of a preconceived visual notion, I aspire to a personal, original style. By keeping my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds of my imagination, I hope to take the spectator on a trip to a world where anything and everything is possible, the world where I explore the instantaneous of the changing image.

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