Manon Germain was born in 1959 in Montreal (Canada). From childhood, she drew flowers and animals in her school notebooks. At that time, she was very admiring to see her mother painting and it was first by the observation that she learned. As an adult, she trained in Ceramic Plastic Arts at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. She wants to live her dream: to become an artist and live from her art.
During her studies she works on weekends and during the summer in the pottery workshop that her parents own. She, therefore, participates in the design and finishing of pieces of stoneware pottery. Her learning takes place quickly in the pottery workshop. She then goes on a pottery turning technique. She creates different useful pieces in pottery: pots, cups, bottles, etc. In her experimentation process, she touches on the art of Raku and high-temperature cooking.
When her two daughters are born, the artist must find a stable job to support his family. She returned to the province of Quebec, Canada to Prévost in the Laurentians in 1991. For a while, she worked in a notary’s office. Her children grow up and she naturally returns to her former love: art.
The artist chooses animal painting at the beginning, then after a year or two she decided to jump into portraits painting.
In the meanwhile she is trying still life from time to time, just to see if she can feel something new and different.
She gets into reading to learn painting techniques to learn more. YouTube helps her to see how to do.
Recently, she bought video lessons from Scott Waddell to learn more.
Fascinated by details, portraiture is now her passion.
Realism is important to her – in order to capture a person’s gaze, its mystery, and its history as best as possible.
Since 2013, she has exhibited her works in Canada, France, Romania.
Manon Germain is also part of several art associations including The association of artists of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs.
2019 She just won an Excellence Award winner: Frida Khalo The Healing Power of Art & Artists
This year she is a new member of the ” federation of Canadian artists”.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Manon: All of my artwork is realistic and is done with oil paint. I paint portraits of young girls and boys. I used to paint animals but later on found that painting portraits spoke more to me. I also enjoy drawing a lot, especially during my travels, as it helps me practice my skills.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Manon: I try to portray my models as true as possible. I want my portraits to express the feelings and emotions of the subject.
What is a day of working like in your studio/creative space? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Manon: I usually start my day around 7:00 am. I paint between three to four hours depending on the day. If I get too tired, I try to stop painting as I tend to make more mistakes and overthink it when tired. I prefer to stop and come back to my work later on with a fresh mind in order to accomplish what I want.
What was the transition like from pottery to painting?
Manon: The transition from pottery to painting was very different because, with pottery, I molded clay in three-dimensional objects whereas, in paintings, I draw in two dimensions. Drawing in two dimensions with shadows, lights, lines, and depth, is more difficult. The goal is to create an image with the impression of two dimensions without getting a flat image.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Manon: What inspires me to paint a portrait is the in expression of the person. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something that calls for me. There’s something that comes from deep within me like a feeling of sadness or joy.
Is there any advice you recall from your mother regarding art?
Manon: My mother played a big role in my artwork when she was alive. Ever since she died it has created a big void. I often think of her. She was always encouraging me. It’s been two years since she passed and since then I’ve done beautiful paintings that I wish she could have seen. I remember her asking me to never stop painting even after she’s gone.
What’s your favorite artwork?
Manon: I always love my paintings at the beginning but later on I begin to see all the faults. It usually takes me a while before I appreciate my paintings. With that said, I think my favorites are; one of my uncle, the man from the woods, the painting of Frida and the Little Mexican Girl with Braids.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Manon: During an exhibition, a client looked at my painting of the Man from the Woods and he told me that every time he looked at it, his eyes followed him. It made my heart warm to hear this comment.
Also, a painter whom I admire very much has said she likes my artwork and found that I have a lot of talent. A lot of perseverance and determination has gone to my work to get me where I am now. For me it’s a love story with my brush.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Manon: To make it as realistic as possible, but above all I do it for me.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Manon: I wanted to participate in several exhibitions but because of the Covid-19 everything was canceled. Now, I participate in certain online contests and I post my paintings on social media.
You can follow me on Instagram: @manonartiste and on Facebook: Manon Germain.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Manon: The purpose of my art is to inspire and move people.
I want people to feel what I’ve felt as I was painting and have them navigate through emotions such as deep joy and sadness.
I hope people remember my work and take in all the emotions reflected in them.
To find out more about Manon and her work please visit her website: