Monique was born in eastern Ontario where she still lives. Bilingual, she studied at Carleton University and l’Université du Québec in “Change Management”. The greater part of her career was spent working in human resources and adult education.
Since 2010 Monique was able to reconnect with her long held wish to express her creativity through visual art. In doing so she discovered a true passion for painting. Nature and history being big interests, her travels around the world mainly in Europe, Asia and America provided her the inspiration for her painting. Through her creations Monique evokes in us memories and sometimes dreams allowing the viewer to constantly rediscover meanings in her art.
Although her preferred choice of medium is oil on canvas, she will occasionally incorporate acrylics and soft pastels in her art. Monique is passionate about figurative and abstract art; she has therefore developed her own approach to combine both. Although at times she may encounter setbacks or “painter’s block” the beauty of art is that we are often guided by our emotions of the moment that unleashes our creativity. The result of these moments can translate into an art piece that is simply amazing and an indication that Monique’s creations are truly in harmony with her heart and soul. Her technique as with most artists is constantly evolving. Mastering visual art for Monique is a tireless source of creation and challenge she embraces with determination and joy. Each creation is a project of many hours, sometimes many days.
Monique is mainly a self-taught artist, however, for many years now she has invested in oil painting classes. In addition to these classes she has attended the following workshops, and conferences:
Workshop on perspective drawing
Workshop on portrait drawing
Workshop on impressionist style painting
Workshop on intuitive style painting
Workshop in impasto painting technique
Workshop in hachure painting technique
Workshop on the painting technique of combining China ink and oil paints
Conference on “Golden” products and use techniques
Conference on Abstract painting "Mystères et Conceptions"
Monique has participated in various activities and initiatives related to visual arts:
Group exhibit - Manoir Portobello, Orléans – 2010
Group exhibit with the Artists’ Association Clarence Rockland (AARC) – 2012 and 2018
Group exhibit - St-Albert Curd Festival– 2012
Group exhibit - Casselman Christmas Festival – 2013 to 2019
Group exhibit - Canadian Cancer Society fundraising – 2014
Group exhibit - Chenail in Hawkesbury – 2016, 2017 and 2018
Solo exhibit - Shantaly Salon in Embrun – 2016
Group exhibit entitled « En Vedette » - La Maison des Arts in Embrun – 2016
Group exhibit for a fundraising initiative for « Valoris » at the Shantaly Salon in Embrun – 2016
Group exhibit - Rockland River Festival – 2017
Group exhibit for the “150 Reasons to be Canadian” initiative in Rockland – 2017
Group exhibit - Arbor Art Gallery for the “150 reasons to be Canadian” initiative in Vandleek Hill - 2017
ArTour Prescott-Russell – Art and Studio Tour – 2017
Group exhibit – Ottawa School of Arts fundraiser – 2017
Exhibit and conference - Eugène-Racette Gallery of the MIFO - 2018
Group exhibit - Rockland Library - 2018
Group exhibit at the Lee-Matasi Gallery, Ottawa School of Art -Byward Campus in Ottawa 2017, 2018, 2019
Group exhibit at the Festival de la Bine de Plantagenet in Plantagenet 2018
Group exhibit - 10th anniversary of the Artist Association of Clarence-Rockland - 2019
Solo Exhibit at the St-Albert Public Library - 2019
Symposium - TRAD Day at le Chenail Cultural Center - 2019
Art piece on exhibit on the CAPRAC Virtual Gallery - 2019-2020
Art piece on exhibit in the Municipality of Casselman office in l'Orignal - 2020
Volunteer Work and Community Outreach
Occasionally Monique organizes and offers painting workshops for beginners - 2016-2019
In collaboration with the Municipality and the Public Library of Casselman to promote the local and regional artists.
For a number of years now, during the Casselman Christmas Festival, Monique organizes an exhibit for local and regional artists - 2013-2019. She has also opened this initiative to the schools of our municipality.
Donation of an art piece for the Casselman Christmas Festival – 2013-2019
Donation of an art piece for the Séguin d’Amérique Association – 2015
Donation of an art piece to the office of our Federal Member of Parliament - 2018