Five questions to Janice Beaudoin

Five questions to Janice Beaudoin

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Janice Beaudoin is a contemporary artist from North Vancouver, BC currently living in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Her expressive abstracts are rooted in her background in design, lending her work a strong graphic cadence that fuses her love of both drawing and painting.Since when do you paint and what are your favourite motives?

I have been painting for more than 15 years.  My career background in interior design has taught me the importance of value and the visual power of line, form, colour and composition.  My abstracted works are inspired by the shapes and colours of the natural and built world around me.

When you create a new work, how to you proceed?

I am a process-based artist and it is the not knowing” of the creative process that inspires me to paint.  My canvases begin with improvised layers of colour and marks. I build my materials, playing with colour relationships, transparency, opacity and negative space. It is during this process when lines and blocks of colours begin to create form. I work on several paintings at the same time, each canvas taking me on a journey - a joyride really - where neither of us knows the final destination until we arrive. Where do you get your motivation?

I am inspired by the potential of a blank surface. Led by my curiosity and visually influenced by great contemporary artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Amy Sillman and Chuta Kimura, I work to synthesize those influences to create art that is fresh and uniquely my own. Your life without art would be…

Boring and unfulfilling.   

What is the best art place in your city at the moment?

I have recently relocated from the large coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia to the interior of the province where life is a little slower and there are fewer commercial art galleries and opportunities to exhibit. I have kept my ties to the art community in Vancouver and enjoy attending exhibits at the two excellent public art galleries near me - the Kamloops Public Art Gallery and the Kelowna Public Art Gallery.Learn more about the artist: