Michele Renaud

Canadian by birth, I have been lucky to have lived in a number of countries along the way. My work and life are about memories and feelings of  these places and times. The best way to understand my work is to understand what it represents to me… nature, colour and a sense of place.

My painting style is abstract, abstract impressionism and abstract expressionism. I like to work in collections and find it keeps my work better organized. Abstract painting gives me a sense of freedom to move around the canvas at will. Colour is an important element in my work. I use acrylic paint, oil paint, pencils, crayons, pastels and an assortment of mediums in my work.

I work with no pre-conceived ideas. The final work reveals itself as it develops.. with many revisions. I begin by scribbling the whole substrate with water-soluble coloured pencils and crayons, followed by a good spraying of water and then a first coat of paint. As the layers build up, an abstract composition is formed and begins to give the painting a life of its own. The work is finished only when it feels right to me. it is an emotional, rather than intellectual process that determines whether the painting is successful.

Abstraction is my way to express what is inside me, in a visual way. The creative process allows me to use my imagination, my memories and my intuition. My work is an attempt to navigate through everyday chaos towards calm and to communicate my feelings through my art, inspiring emotions in the observer.



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