Sylvie Demers was one of our first featured artists here at The Art Folk. We wanted to follow up with an interview as we love her work, we were thrilled when Sylvie said yes! You can read our original Sylvie Demers post here.
Sylvie is a French-speaking Canadian, living in Montreal, she is inspired by colour and nature in all it’s forms. Sylvie sells original paintings and prints online for worldwide delivery. If you are looking for a Sylvie Demers original the best place to find her original paintings is through her Saatchi Art store. Sylvie has many affordable art prints for sale which can be found using the links below, the prices start at US$20.
Your art is so colourful & joyful. Can you tell us a little about your technique and mediums?
I mostly use watercolor inks; I really enjoy the ones from Pebeo. They are vivid and mix well with water. My watercolor work is either very spontaneous, with drips and drops, or more conventional. I have fun with both styles. When I work more freely, I just put water and ink on paper that I hang on the wall or lay flat on the table. I let the colors guide me; I love to see the result of ink fusing with water and vice-versa. Then I sit in front of it and stare. I want to see something… I turn the paper around many times. Usually, birds are jumping in front of my eyes, and I add pen lines to bring them to life.
I need to vary the mediums too; otherwise, I get bored. Earlier this year I tried to create portraits directly on canvas with acrylic paint! I was absolutely out of my comfort zone. Frankly, it was a huge challenge…but I think that I learnt a lot and did come up with interesting results.
Lucie & Isadora are wonderful portraits. What inspired you to create them? Are we going to see more portraits from you in the future?
For those my inspiration came mostly from pictures that I found “catchy”. The mood of the person needs to be talking to me…either intriguing, peaceful or joyous. I’m working on a new one at this moment. Her hair promises to be very colorful and whimsical!
Birds feature heavily in your portfolio. What is your favourite type of bird?
I don’t have one in particular, although robins make me smile with their big belly and colorful feathers. I look for inspiration in the pose of the birds. They evoke an emotion by it; that’s what I want to express. I like the viewer of my art to be touched by this emotion…to identify with it.
What Sylvie Demers art piece are you the most proud of?
“Frida et sa nature vivante” for is complexity and the creative efforts I put into it. It is a tribute to the dearest Frida. She inspired me for her strength and determination to paint her reality.
You live in Montreal, Canada. If I was coming to Montreal what would be the one place I absolutely must visit?
The Old town and the port would give you the vibe of our french roots…but downtown, with our museums (Beaux-Arts, Art Contemporain) and the main street action can not be missed! Plan more than one day!!!
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Healing…body and soul! I still have a day job; I work in a rehab hospital with TBI and stroke survivors as a special care counsellor. I wish I could give them back their autonomy so they could enjoy life more than they ever have in the past.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
I would love to be creating and taking care of my artistic career full time. Also, I will be teaching a creativity workshop in my neighbourhood in early 2017. I would like to be sharing my passion while helping others find their own creativity, as it is very important to me!
Is there anything else you think our readers might enjoy?
I started college in Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) but was unable to create back then. I was blocked. My teachers pushed me to let it out and to be more spontaneous and creative, but at the time I was unable to. This was a very stressful and sad period for me. I didn’t know what else to do. It took me almost 20 years to get back to painting, and now I can’t stop the flow. I’m very grateful for this talent and the enthusiasm that finally came with it!
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