Chantal is a French-Canadian born artist who currently resides in Raleigh. Even as a young child, she always had a talent for drawing. Although her path did not lead her to be a full-time artist, she has always yearned to paint. Over the years, while living her traditional life, she has carved out time to paint…first with watercolors, then in oils and now acrylics. She is self-taught, with the help of many classes, workshops and books. Chantal opened herself fully to her art journey in 2018 when she retired from her traditional career to become a full-time artist. Since 2020, she has been studying with renowned California-based artist Nicholas Wilton. “My association with his course of study has changed everything about the way I now see my art, my life as an artist, and the direction I am heading,” says Chantal. Artist Statement Deconstruction of a realistic subject into abstraction is something that inspires me. I want to break down what I see into simple shapes tin order to reveal that one thing which brings wonder and excitement to my subject. I currently work with a limited palette of acrylics on multiple paintings at one time. This allows time and distance to find the magic, to play freely between canvases without being too focused on any one result. It’s also been interesting to me how line can impact a painting. It invokes a feeling of “unfinished” and “raw”, thus allowing the viewer to be a part of the paintings history.