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Forest, Josée

Forest, Josée

Medium: oil, acrylic

Born in Montréal in 1967, Ms. Forest discovered the world of visual arts and painting a little more than ten years ago.

Ms. Forest’s studies and training were focussed around mechanical engineering and after graduating, worked in this field for over twenty years.

Following a series of private art courses, the passion of her alter-ego took over and she consumed herself in perfecting a very personal and delicate touch to hyper-realistic painting techniques. Her closeness and deep feelings to nature in its everyday glory has inspired her to create wonderfully bright and evocative paintings.

Her favourite topics are over-sized flowers of all kinds, painted on extra-large canvases with details of dew drops and reflecting the bright colours that nature has to offer. The spectator feels over-whelmed by the vastness of the plant and one can almost imagine being a tiny bee on those wonderful petals, as well as showcasing the fragility and soft beauty of flowers in full bloom. All these elements are prepared to please the eye as well as humbling ourselves to the beauty and vastness of nature in all its glory.

Setting aside the brush and her oil paints, Ms. Forest now uses her palette knife with the use of acrylic paints as her medium to create bucolic visions of wine and its accessories, such as long, slender glasses and wine bottles representing all the different vintages. Realism here is not as important as her flowers and reflect more an obscure world of good times and the deep rich reds of fine wine made to please the eye as well as the pallet.

Media coverage:
Parcours, Spring 2010 edition, pg. 100-101

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