The search for inspiration.
Sometimes it is thought that one needs to travel far to foreign unexpected territory so to find imagery that will inspire creative desires. Familiar environments can at times be creatively taken for granted as they become so well known to the visual eye, that they can blend into the busyness of day to day life. Inspiration obscured by daily routines and schedules. Yet time and again, it is these immediate surroundings, where bonds have long ago developed, that can be abundant with connections to our inner creativity. For me, all it takes is seeing the subject matter in a different light. A brilliant sunny morning walk to my son’s school, countryside glimpses of tree groupings during weekend travel, or strong patterns of shadows cast by mature trees from the afternoon sun. Sunlight filtering through a canopy of trees alongside a gentle wind that causes shadows to dance on the forest floor, and my eye is re-awakened to the splendor of the moment.
My most recent collection of paintings explores.these interactions with nature that I have accidentally happened upon. Moments in nature possibly unnoticed in the past, until a day when the light was just right, that the visual scene became so compelling, that I was required to pause, observe and absorb the wonder of the moment. A strong desire to recreate this beauty followed. True inspiration.
I captured these inspirational stills in time with the aid of my camera, to later recreate the scene with paint, and hope to instill the same awe and wonder that first inspired me. Photographic studies alongside emotional memory, results in a painting style that merger a traditional sense of realism with an impressionistic perception of light.
Anne Filiatrault has been professionally working as an Artist and freelance Illustrator ever since graduation from the Interpretive Illustration program at Sheridan College Oakville, Ontario (’94). Prior to her studies at Sheridan, she had completed a year of study at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto (’92), and also received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Western Ontario, London (’91). Her paintings have been collected privately, and her illustrations have been used for numerous design houses and publications such as Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Homemakers, Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Anne has always resided within southern Ontario and currently lives in Kitchener with her husband and 2 children. Her discovery of the Canadian landscape within her ‘own backyard’ and inside her daily routine whether at home or on travel, has provided her the inspiration for this particular series. Her love of nature, combined with her artistic passion to represent it, provide for endless studies.
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