Portrait Society of Canada

I am proud to announce that I have been accepted as a new member of the “Portrait Society of Canada”.

The Portrait Society of Canada is a professional non profit organization formed to foster and enhance an understanding of practice, techniques of Fine Art Portraiture and Sculpture.

The Portrait Society was established by a group of professional Portrait Artists in Toronto with the purpose of educating and communicating with the public on the Traditions of Fine art Portraiture and Sculpture.

This society is made of wonderful artists who shares the same passion as mine and I am so honoured to be part of it.


Last Day of the Exhibit at the ICAC

The last day of my one month solo exhibition at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and I had the pleasure to read all the comments on the guest book and it warmed my heart. People have described my work as beautiful, inspiring, wonderful, and how I succeeded  to capture the spirits of my subjects.

Thank you to everyone who came and for the wonderful comments.

Article in the Sentinel Review: “Making a story come alive”

Bruce Chessell wrote a great article about my exhibition at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre. The article is titled “Making a story come alive”, published in the Sentinel Review of Woodstock, today on January 9, 2017.


Making a story come alive

Story-inspired artist unveils exhibit at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre

Bruce Chessell, Sentinel-Review

It’s hard to capture a story in a picture, but artist Gabrielle Nadeau has done just that. Nadeau’s new exhibition, Story in a Moment, which is on display at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, enjoyed its opening reception on Sunday.

A lot of Nadeau’s art comes from her travels, as she works with her husband as a camera operator for different film or television projects.”I encounter a nice scene or a particular person that I find really interesting and I decide to make a portrait out of some of these stories,” she said. “Others are just from people that are close to my life and I love the moment.”

All of her works – a series of oil paintings – are based on photos she took. Nadeau has been painting since she was nine years old but only started focusing on portraits in 2007. “The idea of this series started in 2008,” she said. “I always thought it would be great to have a story that comes with a portrait. So you get to meet or know a little about the subject and find a connection, which give the artworks more significance in a way.”

Most of the subjects in Nadeau’s pieces are doing something, which she said feels more like candid moments. One of her favourite pieces is called Meet:Francis, which is a portrait of an indigenous man from British Colombia who lives on the First Nations reserve community of Hagwilget.

In the painting, Francis is smoking salmon. The story that accompanies Nadeau’s painting is of the village of Hagwilget, located near the Bulkey River. There was a rock in the middle of the river that provided an ideal ecosystem for salmon, which made a reliable source of food for the community. In 1959, the Department of Fisheries had the boulder removed, which made the stream move faster and resulted in it becoming impossible to fish for salmon. In 2008, the federal government settled with the Hagwilget Village.

Nadeau’s story concludes the chief and council of Hagwilget Village did not want the funds to go to waste, so they established a trust for the village and rebuilt the village bit by bit. The trust also allows them to buy salmon for the village every year.

“I love the story about the village,” Nadeau said. “I feel like the story really succeeds in giving more significance to this painting, and I think the play of light really makes it come alive.”

This is only one of the stories Nadeau tells with her artwork. The exhibit can be seen at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre until January 29.


Exhibit opening at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening! And thank you to the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre for the wonderful introduction and Pat Gibson the curator for the beautiful presentation.

The show is ready for the opening!

I just swung by the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and the show is ready for the opening!

Pat Gibson, the curator for the ICAC has done a wonderful job at placing all of my artwork for my exhibit “Story in a Moment”.