French Canadian painter Emilie Lemay grew up on the shores of Brome Lake, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She lives and finds inspiration under the extraordinary Manitoba sky since 2002.
Emilie is a member of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones and The Cloud Appreciation Society. Her projects in cultural mediation reflect her commitment to support and celebrate visual arts. Her artworks can be found in public and private collections throughout Canada.
“I paint landscapes that represent the land and its emotional charge. My artistic practice is based on observation of atmospheric abstractions between land and sky.
Every painting starts with experiencing and documenting the landscape; hiking, sketching, painting en plein air and taking reference photographs are the first steps. I complete my artworks afterwards in the studio or during live painting performances. Multiple brushstrokes and washes in watercolour, acrylic or water soluble oil paint create depth in luminous colours.
I am inspired by solar variations that reveal the colours of the land; these natural elements reflect memories of wild spaces, weathered storms, lights on the horizon, moments of grace and the passage of time. My artworks express a profound attachment to nature as well as hope that our environment will have a sustainable future. May they evoke places you cherish and powerful emotions you experienced in the great outdoors.”