Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier has the good fortune of living in an environ- ment that provides her with year-long inspiration. Her paintings depicting the moods of the river and its shores are reflections of this marvelous sight. The self-taught artist has come to rely on this sense of wonderment which is the main trigger that compels her to choose the moment and the rendering, wind in her hair, fully alert.
Claude De Lorimier’s work is imbued with gentleness, an impressionistic touch and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Painting in open air from the very beginning, the artist initially seeks to reproduce the sensations she experiences from nature. Displaying great mastery of colour, her extensive quest for the most accurate shades possible occupies a large part of her efforts. Whether translating the turquoise colour of the river on a particular day or the green of a specific spruce tree, the objective is to give the spectator the impression of being on-site. The search for perfect lighting is also a pivotal part of her process, of upmost importance in fact to be able to render the ephemerality of time, the vastness of a landscape under the expansiveness of sky. With the pleasure of creating something beautiful comes another benefit: “When I paint, all mental activity is on pause, I no longer have time to think!” It is well known that art creates a perfect zen moment.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by: Galerie Clarence Gagnon