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Marie-Lou Lefrancois


loose landscapes

March 1 - April 2

Artist Statement

Painting loosely in watercolors is known as a “heart-led process”, where splashes and textures come together when the artist lets go of control, and leaves room for magic. Using this technique to render our local landscapes seems natural to me, because the mountains, rivers and forests evoke freedom. 

I love working with single-origin, semi-precious pigments like jadeite (extracted from jade deposits from the pacific northwest), rhodontite (a by-product of gold production), apathite, piedmontite etc. 

In a way, using these pigments and knowing where they come from makes me feel like I’m part of a circular process, where I use minerals coming from the earth to recreate landscapes.

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