Francine Mineault

Language Spoken English and French


  • Biography

    Francine Mineault, a native of Buckingham, Quebec, has been painting for over twenty years, simply for pleasure. Since her retirement, painting has become more and more important in her life. What started out as a hobby has become a passion.
    Francine enrolled in Mr. Bernard Lévesque's oil painting classes in Rockland in the early 2000's and continues to take regular classes at Studio Arts Plus, now located in Clarence Creek. She has also participated in two exhibitions organized by the Clarence-Rockland Artists Association.
    Over the years, she has also taken drawing classes with Mr. Jacques Lajeunesse in Frelighsburg, an introductory watercolor course with Mr. Jean-Yves Guindon in Gatineau, and an introduction to intuitive acrylic painting offered online by Flora Aube, but her favorite medium remains oil painting.
    Her main source of inspiration is Nature.

    Artist Statement

    Painting is a form of expression for me, just like writing or music. I paint for the pleasure of creating something beautiful and sharing it with others.
    One day, my friend Françoise suggested that I join her in a painting class offered in Rockland. I accepted, but she could not attend the class with me. So I went to the class alone with my mother's old box of brushes and oil paint. I will never forget that first class where I patiently learned to paint fruit. I still have that first canvas that I proudly hung in my kitchen, but I never painted another fruit! Over the years, many other paintings followed. I gave the most beautiful ones as gifts to my relatives, friends and also to my karate teacher. Then, one day, I participated in an exhibition and sold my very first paintings: to a friend, to my brother-in-law and to a representative of the Municipality of Rockland for the council room. What a nice surprise!
    For the past few years, I have been reproducing mostly nature scenes from my photos and sometimes I paint intuitive canvases.
    I have been painting for about 20 years now and hope to continue for the rest of my life!

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