Chantal was born in the old Hull area (now Gatineau), Quebec and has spent the majority of her adult life in Orleans/Ottawa. A musician (harp) adult learner, she picked up painting in 2015 when a rare corneal dystrophy started to affect her vision and forced her to spend most of her time in perpetual dusk. Wanting to capture life’s colours, she started learning on her own through the use of YouTube videos and lessons but found a wonderful teacher right in Orleans, Christopher J. Tinkler, at the Select Fine Art Materials boutique and she has not looked back since.
Her style has changed as she matures with the art forms but she has concentrated on watercolour and oils. Mostly, somewhat in realism-ish, she tries to capture nature’s essence or the charming character of some of the subjects she paints. Her joy is to be able to paint for her friends and give them, through their memories/photos translated into paintings, a piece of her to hang somewhere (even if it is in their garage!). She loves to capture the soul of an animal or a place and hopes that her paintings will share their spark with whomever sees and/or owns them.