“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” - St. Francis of Assisi
Born in Philadelphia, USA, Louise Jolicoeur aka Jolic lives and works in Lower Laurentians, Quebec, Canada. A self-taught artist, she has been expressing her creativity in a multitude of art forms for several decades.
Jolic’s creative process follows a consistent pattern: she begins with three black canvases to ensure that she is inspired by the forms developing before her eyes, using brush strokes and the palm of her hand. She strives for an overall balance where her colours compromise on one side and are balanced out by forms on the other. Her artistic approach consists of balancing, contrasting, finding focal points and leaving quiet areas where the eyes can rest. She moves from one canvas to the next with passion and excitement to bring them to a phase she calls “detachment.” When she reaches that point, it is time for her to let go. Only then can she reach for a new canvas and feel the euphoria of creation once again.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist