“INSPIRED BY THE LIGHT”
Solo Exhibition / exposition solo
Patricia Wilmot Savoie
January 10, 2020 – March 27, 2020 / 10 janvier 2019 au 27 mars 2020
347 rue Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Featured work “The Dance of the Red Mittens”
Oil on Gallery Cradled Panel, 30” x 40”, 2019
ARTIST STATEMENT: As a painter, I am primarily a landscape impressionist. Years of reading and study have helped develop my knowledge, while the gradual awakening of my inner senses has guided my endeavors to blend light and colour into beauty. The landscape of the world around us holds the key to the rhythm of life and I envision my canvasses dancing with sunshine and light. I am constantly striving to realize this through each finished work. For this reason I find painting “en plein air” puts me in an empowering environment, allowing me to paint “the moment” quickly and spontaneously, forcing me to condense and process what I see into a reality without clutter that I can convey to my audience.
I see painting as a universal language. It is the language of my soul, and my goal as an artist is to communicate with the viewer, without need for the spoken word. Every canvas I face becomes an adventure. I begin with my own emotional response to a scene, vista or perception of reality and work to recreate and convey that emotional response to the viewer. My task is not to merely reproduce the physicality of the scene, but to capture the atmosphere and emotions that are intrinsic everywhere in nature, and then connect the subject to the viewer through the shared emotions. Painting is not a vocation; it is a life-long journey and an exploration of the soul. Every painting is a bridge. Every brush stroke is a ripple in the river affording me the opportunity to transmit energy, feelings, and to connect with others and share my vision of harmony and peacefulness.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Tricia Savoie grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where her love of art was first kindled. As a child, Tricia was inspired by the art work of her grandfather, whose charcoal and pencil sketches adorned the walls of the family home; nurturing her interest and talent. A keen eye for detail, perhaps inherited from her grandfather, was even then, much evident in her work.
Later on, Tricia immersed herself even more deeply into her passion, striving constantly to acquire more knowledge and develop her talent. To this end, Tricia attended, and continues to attend numerous art courses, first at John Abbott College in Montreal, and then studying with such well-known artists as Tanya Axiuk, Mary Lampman, Ron Leonard, Lucy Manley, Barbara Simmons and John David Anderson.
Tricia continues to devote much of her time to studying and learning from the works of the world’s great masters, attending international exhibits at every opportunity. Reading through art reference books on a regular basis has further increased her knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of a wide variety of techniques and styles. Part of Tricia’s philosophy incorporates the belief that something can be learned from any artistic creation viewed, no matter what the medium. From this vantage point, Tricia draws from several genres, including Impressionism, Realism, Photo-Realism, and Classical, adopting from each to produce her own distinctive style, which may be best described as Contemporary Impressionism.
Tricia has a deep-rooted passion for colour and light, and a great love of the outdoors, finding herself painting “en plein air” at every opportunity, when an idyllic garden or pastoral setting presents itself. All of Tricia’s works have a life of their own, with a subtle strength to draw the viewer right into the canvas itself, where you can find yourself peering out through the window of a quiet country cottage, following a meandering footpath into a secluded grotto, resting on a peaceful park bench inhaling the rich bouquet of a wild garden, or about to step through the rustic doorway of an abandoned mill. The scenes depicted through Tricia’s imaginative renderings of everyday life are easily recognizable vignettes from all of our memories, and thus, all of our hopes and dreams.
In recent years, after exposing her work to her own critical standards, Tricia has felt prepared to place her art before the public eye, exhibiting her art at several shows and exhibits, both in Montreal and the Ottawa area. Her works have been well received and her paintings now hang in collections in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia the United States and across Canada.. Tricia is presently represented in two galleries: – Art Gallery of Bancroft, Bancroft, ON, – Kanata Civic Art Gallery, Kanata, ON.
Tricia has won numerous awards with The Ottawa Art Association, ECOAA, Art East; Nepean Fine Arts League and at various plein air art festivals.
Tricia Savoie is a refreshing face in the Ottawa art community, with an energetic, light, almost reverent appreciation and depiction of the world which surrounds us all.