I have been drawing and painting since the age of 6, in Germany, France and Canada. I took intensive art programs in high school and was invited to participate in the General Drawing Competition in 11th grade. I enrolled in art classes at the University of Strasbourg, while studying art history and archeology. I learned a lot from the painters of the Barbizon School and the Impressionists, who used the landscapes in which I grew up, in Brie, and later, in Canada, I discovered the Group of 7 and the artists there. of First Nations.
_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ While teaching_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad'5cf58d_ plastic arts, geography, j'5cf58d_ continued my artistic explorations. I worked for 3 years on the Mistassini First Nations Reserve and helped collect traditional embroidery designs and develop new ones. I illustrated books of traditional crafts and legends and went to live in the woods to collect the stories of the Elders and publish them under the title "Tales of a Cree Hunter". When I returned to Toronto, and at the French school in Toronto, I created a nature connection program around the school ravine: I taught teachers how to teach science, languages and art in nature,.
_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Je passais mes week-ends dans une ferme à Meadowvale Village, suburb of Toronto to paint nature, barns and old structures, and prepared heritage exhibits, paintings made in the Mistassini Reserve,_cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ and one called "Vive la France."
_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Depuis ma retraite de l'enseignement en 2020, je focused on plein-air and studio painting, especially studying lights, rocks and skies. I continue to teach children or adults, more as a mentor and facilitator than a teacher, and I have been invited to participate in the McMichael Gallery competition in 2021 and 2022 or my painting "Home " has been shortlisted and is currently exposed. I also exhibit in various local cafes and shops.
_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Je suis essentiellement une autodidacte qui continue à s' marvel in nature and to crunch small moments of happiness in order to share them.
_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ _cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Joz (Josette Bouchard-Muller)