Chantal Bourque

Québec, Canada | Acrylic paint, mixed media and tree barks on canvas

Artist Statement

I believe that each tree has its own identity, its own story. Through my paintings, I convey a moment in their lives when they caught my eye, a unique moment that pays tribute to them.

Combining a realistic style with my artistic vision, it’s with acrylic paint that I tell the unique story of these admirable trees surrounding us. My approach is studied and meticulous, my brushstrokes precise and delicate. I regularly expose the material to various transparency effects, often working in successive layers. My artistic technique is constantly researching and evolving, and the exploration of different mixed media has led me to add more and more texture to the trunks I paint, and I now incorporate real pieces of bark. This technique creates bas-reliefs that are a tangible reminder of the fragile and precious relationship between nature and humanity. These small pieces of bark hidden in my paintings are now the common thread running through all my works.

My artistic work is a combination of passion and patience. In this creative process, I always try to give the best of myself in order to communicate my vision as faithfully as possible. The beauty that emanates from a tree and its environment is at the heart of my art. I invite the viewer to see trees from a different angle, to see the story behind each one. I create links between people and trees, I give birth to stories between them and the forest. I like to think that I’m able to convey to the viewer the emotional balance I feel when creating my paintings. Ultimately, I hope to raise awareness of the great beauty of the trees and forests around us, which can bring us both physical and psychological benefits.

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