“The inner world is a great undiscovered terrain.” – Pico Iyer
“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to become part of it.” – C.S. Lewis
I’m a painter working from my home studio in a charming little forest cottage in Quebec.
I studied photography in my early twenties, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Concordia University in Montreal. I worked happily as a graphic designer, typographer and art director in advertising for close to twenty years, but there came a time when I realized I was tired of using my creativity to sell other people’s ideas. I needed to make the things I wanted to make in the way I wanted to make them. So in 2009, I left the design world behind and picked up a paintbrush, and I’ve never looked back.
Even though I’m greatly influenced by my love of the outdoors and all the elements that make up nature’s beauty, I rarely paint or draw directly from life. My paintings express the bright, exuberant energy I sense in the world all around me. I’m fascinated by paint… how it moves and flows, how it blends, how colours and textures interact as I build up multiple layers. I love to lose myself in cascading, proliferating forms and bursts of bright exploding colours, making them riot across the canvas in a wild jumble of raucous vitality.
Text and images | Copyright © Kim Duhaime