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Manon Jodoin

Elena, Manon Jodoin Studio, watercolor o

I’m a French Canadian woman. I started to paint more than 25 years ago… but took a small break for more than 22 years. When I moved from Montreal (Quebec) to Calgary (Alberta), I closed my publishing house and suddenly became a housewife.  I had time to do whatever I wanted… almost. So, I bought some paint, brushes and canvas and started again to play with colors. 


I also spent two years in Edmonton (Alberta) where I worked in an Art Gallery. I had the chance to meet many artists and each of them inspired me in one way or another. I took private lessons and read a lot about art and painting.


When I arrived in Benicia, two years ago, I met Pat Ryll, a watercolor teacher. She helped me discover what I like the most… my artistic voice. What interests me in painting is to create atmospheric and magical images. I have no pretensions to realism. For now, I am interested in the creation of experimental landscapes, abstracts and human figures. The creative process that I use allows me great freedom while subjecting me to unexpected results with which I have to deal. I like to respond to those "accidents". I also like to interpret the passage of time and the uniqueness of each person. I love to experiment with different mediums and techniques and plan to mix them.


Even if I wear lot of black and my house is decorated mostly in white, I love colors.  I want to translate some positive thinking with vivid colors and forms. I think we all need some light and joy in our life, so I fill my paintings with it.



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