Charmeur, charcoal-pastel acrylic, 36 x 24 po Charmeur, charcoal-pastel acrylic, 36 x 24 po

A Free Spirit

Johanne Doucet

Delight in Discovery

Horses have inspired painters since the dawn of time. Their beauty, their grace, this indefinable quality that unites force and fragility, femininity and masculinity. Artist Johanne Doucet is particularly sensitive to the mythical aura these noble animals exude, and for good cause: they saved her life.

Born in Montréal in 1951, to a family of four children, Johanne Doucet has always been surrounded with animals. Although living in a city, she starts practicing horseback riding at an early age. There are artists and creators in her family who motivate her to pursue her interest in drawing. Her father, a skilled draughtsman, will turn to wood sculpture near the end of his life. Her uncle is a singer, her aunt a renowned watercolorist, and in 1920, her grandfather had built his own airplane. The whole household loves westerns and, from a very early age, Johanne dreams of owning a horse. Like her father, she exclusively draws animal subjects.

Upon entering the workforce, she leads training sessions for adults in the real estate sector. In 1998, the passing of her father engenders a period of reflection. Since he never had the opportunity to do the type of work he really would have loved, she suddenly feels a sense of urgency to align her life with her true aspirations. She leaves everything behind to start her own business and to return to the arts. Ignoring conventions, and inspired by the principles in Betty Edwards’ book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, she creates her own teaching workshop, “L’atelier Mine de rien”, where she initiates adults to the art of drawing.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more

Text by Isabelle Gauthier

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