Canvassed Artist Feature: Maude Gervais
In our micro-blog series, we feature one of the five distinct Canadian artists taking part in Canvassed.
We have collaborated with these unique artists to interpret your floral arrangement into lasting compositions.
Maude Gervais is an Illustrator in Quebec City, Quebec, who has always been passionate about recreating her surroundings with her own colours. This might sound crazy, but Maude has never thought of herself as an actual “artist”.
Art has always been a significant part of Maude’s life. Her mother is an aquarellist and taught her the basics of the watercolor painting technique. It had always been a hobby, painting for fun or as part of a decoration project or her home, until winter of 2019.
Maude began Les barbos, an art project inspired after experimenting with Illustrator and Photoshop for work. She began to take digital painting more serious after finding inspiration in Sacré Frangine, an art page created by two very talented women, and the work of the artist Quentin Monge. These two muses motivated her to continue to explore her work, and soon enough, her own artistic style emerged.
One thing you quickly understand about Maude is that she doesn't take herself too seriously. This personality trait is what inspired the name of Les barbos, which translates to the scribbles -- that of a child. She wanted to convey the energy of light, soft and feeling good to just create and see what comes of it.
I found Maude and her artwork on Instagram. Completely drawn to this energy, I reached out to ask her if she would be a part of Canvassed. Luckily, Maude is inspired by the simple, pretty things in flowers, plants, fashion, photography, landscape, and women--and after she joined, I asked the same question, “Why did you say ‘yes’ to Canvassed?” I absolutely fell in love with her response just like her artwork:
I loved the idea of the contrast between ephemeral and permanent and the idea of preserving a memory longer. Flowers are often related to big steps in life- births, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, promotions and even deaths. They accompany us along our journey. It is an honor for me to think that somewhere, out there, my little scribbles would be a part of this thanks to Canvassed.
Why her scribbles may have started as a way to enjoy the more simple things in life, she has come to the realization that art is not just about making the world a more beautiful place but it also contributes to difficult conversations, it enlightening the world on topics of injustice, and it can promote social causes.
Outside of her art, she is a full-time urban planner. She was called to this career by her passion for alternative means of transportation. Now her career contributes to making our living environments more sustainable and enjoyable. Since Les barbos is still a new project, she hopes to add the dynamics of urban life into her illustrations one day.
Maude currently lives and works in Quebec City, Quebec.
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