Born in 1985 in the city of Baie-Comeau, Joannie Raymond has grown up and spent his childhood in the beautiful region of the North.
She was barely 12 years old when she developed a passion for the arts. In order to perfect his knowledge, she enrolled in various drawing and painting courses to develop their talent.
In 2003, her love for flowers led Joannie to obtain a diploma in professional studies in floristry. During his three years of practice, she perfected various techniques in order to answer customer expectations by fine-tuning the color scheme and by using various materials thus bringing it to follow the trends.
In 2015, she decided to return to studies in welding-assembly, in order to obtain a vocational studies diploma. It’s at this when she clicked on what she likes to create and since then, she expresses her emotions and creativity using welding, steel, and aluminum in these unique works.
Self-taught since that day, she continues to explore new materials to be included in these tables. Attracted by interior design, it is important to say that her paintings display a dazzling touch to brighten up our lives. We then get a colorful, dynamic, and moving work mainly painted in acrylics with a touch of metal all its own.
Joannie now owns an art gallery in her town and exhibits these works as well as other works by artists from the region. Her artwork can also be seen in different exhibitions and symposia throughout Quebec throughout the year. Many buyers from all over the world have acquired one of its unique works …
How did you come up with your painting style, what made you explore more this style, and what in your opinion is the main characteristic of your art?
Joannie: I envisioned my painting style during my training in welding and assembly. I was playing with
aluminum welding wire and all of a sudden I thought it looked like a flower! So I had the idea of adding these flowers to my paintings. I have always loved flowers and even made a profession of them for a few years after my training in floristry. I pushed in this style because it was different from what I saw around me. The main feature is the addition of welding materials to give a three-dimensional effect.
What was your introduction into the art world, and what are your earliest memories of making art?
Joannie: My introduction to the more professional art world was attending my first painting symposium
in Baie-St-Paul, Charlevoix, Quebec about 5 years ago. I got hooked for this type of event where we rub shoulders with a lot of talented artists and generous with their advice and knowledge. My first memories of creating art were taking drawing and painting classes when I was 13 years old. But as far back as I can remember, I have always drawn and painted. I often asked my parents for Christmas gift sets of paint.
Tell me more about your welding technique.
Joannie: My main welding technique is using scrap steel and aluminum in my garage. When I make my outdoor fireplaces, clocks or furniture, I keep all the little pieces left to add to my paintings. The flower is made of aluminum wire which I use for soldering. Occasionally, I make steel or aluminum frames to frame my works.
What is the work you are most proud of, and why?
Joannie: What I am most proud of is that I have always persevered despite a few refusals in symposiums or art galleries. I continue to work hard and improve my technique and artistic style. I am proud to say that I can now make a living from my passion because I have never given up.
What are your plans for the future with regards to your style? Are you considering other themes or subjects, or some other mediums?
Joannie: My future plans for my style are to always continue to evolve with new techniques. For the past year, I have liked to integrate the collage of sheet music or other images in the background of canvases and then paint in acrylic on them. I would like to continue to add different collages and subjects according to my inspiration or that of my clients. I will continue to let inspiration come and try new techniques to improve my artistic style.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Joannie: With my art, I try to communicate my emotions felt during the creation of my work. I am a hypersensitive person and I need to free myself from my contained feelings and emotions. I like my clients to feel my sensitivity and my passion contained in my designs. I am happy to bring joy to their eyes! This is when I know I did my job well.
What are you currently working on?
Joannie: I am currently working on a collection of works that will be exhibited at the Le Hangart art gallery in Montreal. I also create for my art gallery that I opened a few months ago in my city which is Baie-Comeau on the North Shore of Quebec.
Do you believe talent is something certain people have a natural leaning to or is it something that has to be cultivated over many years?
Joannie: I believe that talent alone is not everything. Yes, there must be some aptitude and interest to start with but there is also a lot of work to be done to cultivate it and always evolve. The art style develops by trying a lot of things over the years of practice. You should also always keep moving forward when you love what you are doing and never give up.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Joannie: The memorable answers that I had not related to my work are all the clients who bought one or
more works from me. These are also all the exhibitions and symposia where I have been selected over the past 5 years. Your interview is also a very nice response to my work! Thank you very much for the chance you are giving me !!!
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Joannie: Yes, I believe my art is there too to help people and give them a lot of love. I also believe that it is to set an example that you have to believe in your dreams and prove that you have the right to create something different and that looks like you.
What’s next on the horizon?
Joannie: The next step on the horizon is to continue to live off my passion at my gallery but also at other galleries in Quebec. But my biggest dream would be to exhibit in the United States and Europe. I would love to travel and have my creations travel all over the world!