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Hailing from the Canadian Province of Quebec, Marie Giroux is a mainly self-taught visual artist who has been actively involved in her field for the last 30 years. Her interest in art first started as a teenager, and she apprenticed for a while at the studio of Montreal artist Normand Hudon. Her oil paintings, which are best characterized by their mainly cool yet vibrant colours schemes, have been on exhibit for many years now, and in numerous galleries throughout the province. But she is just as passionate about sailing as about art, and many of her works deal with nautical themes. So it only seemed natural for her to put the two together and come up with the novel idea of painting on sails.
But why sails?
Sails are not just mere boat fixtures: they are meaningful objects that evoke gusts of wind and breaths of fresh air, water splashes and effects of light and colour. Just as importantly, they conjure feelings of freedom, gentleness, peace and quiet, and the spirit of creativity that imbues everyday life.
“When considering all of those things, sails become like oversized playgrounds where only the sky is the limit. Having enjoyed boating for several years now, I could foresee myself painting sails one day. It's a wonderful project in and of itself, one that is not only original or off-beat, but is utterly rewarding. These unique works, which are at once figurative and naive in their representations, are not pure oil paintings, but more the products of mixed media techniques. Creating works on these surfaces is an ambitious challenge, but one that is now producing satisfying results.
To get my idea off the ground, so to speak, I was fortunate enough to get two of my friends “on board”, fellow artist Roberta Roy and Olivier Roussat, a sailing buff like myself. I was thrilled when they immediately accepted my invitation to be part of this adventure. So here we are, now charting our course together with many bright moments along the way. Hoist those sails, mates, and anchors away!”
More than 40 sails are presently painted by the "trio" Souffle Artistique and the maritime adventure goes on......Souffle Artistique or unique artwork on sailing boats!