Saturday, December 19, 2009

Portrait: "Sylvie Fréchette"

34" x 40", oil on linen.

86cm x 102 cm, huile sur lin.

Sylvie Fréchette.

Fréchette began synchronized swimming at the age of eight. Blessed with strength, flexibility, and long legs, the young swimmer immediately impressed coach Julie Sauvé.

A member of the national A team from 1983-1996, Fréchette was four times the national solo champion. She claimed 25 gold medals in international competition and held two world solo titles.

What should have been a celebration of her career became another personal challenge for her. Her fiancé tragically passed away just days before she was to leave for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Despite the pain of this loss, she attended the Games and swam the routines of her life. One judge, however, accidentally punched in a mark of 8.7 instead of 9.7. While the mistake was immediately admitted, officials refused to change Fréchette's official score and the champion swimmer was relegated to second place. While she expressed pride in swimming her best, and satisfaction in the silver medal, a messy controversy ensued. Sixteen months later, the gold medal was finally granted to Sylvie.

After this ordeal, Fréchette retired from competition for two years. Her competitive spirit returned, however, as she made a bid for the national team once more in 1994, this time with hopes of having a more enjoyable Olympic experience. The Canadian synchro team claimed silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the satisfied Fréchette retired from competition for good. In 1999, Sylvie Fréchette was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Friday, November 27, 2009


"Groseilles", 8" x 10", oil

"Groseilles", 25cm x 20cm, huile.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

People's choice Award

I received the wonderful news that my painting "Le défi" ( see full painting here) won the People's choice Award in the Kingston Prize !
Thanks so much to all those who voted for my work!

J'ai reçu la très bonne nouvelle que ma peinture "Le défi" a gagné le Prix du Public au Kingston Prize! (pour voir la peinture entière, cliquez ici)
Un grand merci à tous ceux qui ont voté pour mon oeuvre!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Featured in the French magazine " Pratique des Arts"

I've got the surprise to discover that I'm a winner in the French Magazine " Pratique des Arts " (#88)

J'ai eu la surprise de découvrir que j'avais gagné un prix dans la revue française " Pratique des Arts" ( #88)

Friday, September 18, 2009

"Petits pois" (Last painting a day for some time)

"Petits pois"
4" x 6", oil on linen.
This is the last one of this little series ( and my favorite, I think) Back to bigger compositions now...

"Petits pois"
10cm x 15cm, huile sur lin.
C'est le dernier de cette petite série ( et mon préféré, je crois). Retour à de plus grandes compositions, maintenant...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Le fond du jardin" ( Painting a day)

"Le fond du jardin"
4,5" x 6", oil on linen.

"Le fond du jardin"
11,5cm x 16cm, huile sur lin.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Marguerite" ( Painting a day)

4"x6", oil on linen.

10cm x 15cm, Huile sur lin.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"La cour" (Painting a day)

"La cour"
5" x7", oil on linen.

"La cour"
13cm x 18cm, huile sur lin.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Jeune goéland" ( Painting a day)

"Young seagull"
8"x8", oil on linen.

"Jeune goéland"
20cm x 20cm
Huile sur lin.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Religieuse" ( Painting a day)

5"x 7", oil on linen.

13cm x 18cm, huile sur lin.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Sardine" (painting a day)

5"x 7", oil on linen.

13cm x 18cm, huile sur lin.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

" Trois cerises " (painting a day)

I'm fascinated by daily painters, and finally I began a series of small "paintings a day", just out of curiosity...

" Trois cerises"
4" x 6", oil on linen.

Je suis fascinée depuis un moment déjà par les "daily painters" ( peintres qui produisent une peinture par jour). J'ai finalement décidé de me lancer dans une série, juste par curiosité...

" Trois cerises"
10cm x 15cm, Huile sur lin.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Finalist in the Kinston Prize

I learned that my painting " Le défi" is chosen as finalist in the Kingson Prize, Canada's National Portrait Competition.
The portraits finalists will be exhibited at the Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario, from October 9 - 25.
After its Kingston showing the exhibition will embark on a national tour lasting several months, heading to Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Toronto; and Calgary.

J'ai appris que ma peinture "Le défi" a été choisie comme finaliste au Prix Kingston, concours national du portrait Canadien.

Les portraits finalistes seront exposés au Grand Théâtre de Kingston du 9 au 25 octobre, avant de partir pour un tour du pays comprenant la Nouvelle-Écosse, Toronto, et Calgary.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Galeria Artelibre

I have been invited to show my work in the " Grandes Autores Realistas " page in the online GALERIA ARTELIBRE .
If you dont know yet this great site, check it, there are some fabulous artists there!

La Galerie en ligne ARTELIBRE m'a invitée a présenter mes oeuvres dans la section " Grandes Autores Realistas" .
Si vous ne connaissez pas encore ce site, allez y faire un tour, il y a des artistes fabuleux à découvrir!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Charcoal, white and red conté,
10" x8"

Fusain, conté rouge et blanc,
25cm x 20cm

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Oil on linen mounted on panel.
10" x 8"

Huile sur lin marouflé sur panneau
25cm x 20cm

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Oil on linen mounted on panel.
10" x 8"

Huile sur lin marouflé sur panneau.
25cm x 20cm

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Le défi"

30" x 24", oil on panel.

76cm x 61cm, huile sur panneau.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nature Morte numéro 27

Oil on panel,
9" x 7"

Huile sur panneau,
23cm x 18cm

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Honorable Mention in the International 2008/2009 ARC Salon

My drawing "Somme" won Honorable mention in the Art Renewal Center competition !

Mon dessin "Somme" a gagné une mention honorable au concours de l'Art Renewal Center !

Art Renewal Center 2008/2009 ARC Salon: Top 100 Finalists

In addition " The Artist and her Work", Alexandre Gaudry-Lipensky", "L'Épine" and "Portrait of a young bull" were selected in the Top 100 Finalists.
All those works will be reproduced in the beautiful ARC Salon catalogue.

De plus "L'Artiste et son Oeuvre", Alexandre Gaudry-Lipensky", "L'Épine" et "Portrait de jeune taureau" ont été sélectionés parmi les 100 meilleurs finalistes.
Toutes ces oeuves seront reproduites dans le beau catalogue du Salon de l'ARC.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Oil on linen
11"x 14"

Huile sur lin
28cm x 35,5cm

8 pages article in International Artist Magazine


Many artists asked me some information about my charcoal and sanguine technique.
You can now read my article about the different steps, from concept to finished drawing in the last issue of the International Artist Magazine (#66)

Beaucoup d'artistes m'ont posé des questions à propos de ma technique au fusain et à la sanguine. Vous pouvez maintenant lire mon article sur les différentes étapes, du concept au dessin fini dans le dernier numéro de l' International Artist Magazine (#66)


Oil on panel
7,5" x 10"

Huile sur paneau
19cm x 25cm

"Nature Morte numéro 26"

Oil on panel
8" x 10"

Huile sur paneau
20cm x 25cm.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Nature Morte numéro 25"

Oil on panel.
7,5" x 10"

Huile sur panneau.
19cm x 25cm.

Greenhouse Gallery Salon International

"The 4 elements"
"La belle Astrid"
and "Cat" are accepted in the Greenhouse Gallery's prestigious Salon International.

"Les 4 éléments"
"La belle Astrid"
et "Chat" sont acceptés dans le prestigieux Salon International de la Greenhouse Gallery.

Fine Art Connoisseur-Best of Show Award

"When rosy-fingered dawn appeared" won the Fine Art Connoisseur-Best of Show Award, in the IGOR show. This painting will be featured in the May/June edition of the magazine.

"Lorsque parut l'aube aux doigts de rose" a gagné le prix Fine Art Connoisseur-Best of Show dans l'exposition d' IGOR. Cette oeuvre sera publiée dans le numéro de Mai/Juin du magazine.

PRAXIS, Beauty and Truth.

I will participate in the CANADIAN SOCIETY OF CLASSICAL REALISM first annual members' show, at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

Je participerai à la première exposition annuelle des membres de la CANADIAN SOCIETY OF CLASSICAL REALISM
qui se tiendra à Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"The Artist and her Work" will be presented in the Portrait Society of Canada members' exhibition
"The Canadian Portrait: Today and Tomorrow"at the John B. Aird Gallery

Reception: Thursday March 5, 6pm-8pm

J.B. Aird Gallery:
Macdonald Block 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley)

"L'Artiste et son Oeuvre" est inclus dans l'exposition "Le Portrait Canadien: aujourd'hui et demain" de la Société du Portrait du Canada à la Galerie John B. Aird.

Vernissage: Jeudi 5 Mars, 18h à 20h

J.B. Aird Gallery:
Macdonald Block 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley)

The Weatherburn Gallery

"La nonette" and "When Rosy Fingered Dawn Appeared" will be included in the Fourth Annual Juried show of The International Guild of Realism, at The Weatherburn Gallery.

Opening reception on Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

The Weatherburn Gallery
452 Bayfront Place,
Naples, Florida.

"La nonette" et "Lorsque parut l'aube aux doigts de rose..." seront présentés dans l'exposition de International Guild of Realism, à la Weatherburn Gallery

Vernissage le 17 Février 2009.

The Weatherburn Gallery
452 Bayfront Place,
Naples, Florida.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Winter self-portrait / Autoportrait hivernal

Charcoal and white chalk
7,5" x10,5"

Fusain et crayon blanc
19cm x27cm


Oil on Linen.

Huile sur lin.
20cm x 26cm

Grand prize winner !

"L'Épine" just won the grand prize in the portrait and figure competition of Canadian Brushstroke Magazine !

If you don't know it yet, you can subscribe for free to this excellent magazine: here.

"L'Épine vient de gagner le grand prix de du concours de portrait et figure de Canadian Brushstroke Magazine!

Si vous ne connaissez pas encore cet excellent magazine, vous pouvez vous abonner gratuitement : ici


Oil on panel

Huile sur panneau
18cm x21cm


Charcoal and white chalk on watercolored paper.
12,5"x 8"

Fusain et crayon blanc sur papier aquarellé.