Nancy Létourneau is a graphic designer, painter, and ultra-marathon native of Quebec. After studying plastic arts at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy and completing a Bachelor of Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she continued her studies in graphic design. She graduated in 1999 and set up her own business: Studio Pixels. The following years are mainly devoted to her profession as a graphic designer, which she exercises independently, as well as to her little family which is taking shape.
In May 2011, Nancy learned about running, a sport that quickly became her escape route. The enthusiasm for this discipline is a revelation for Nancy; Among other things, she participates in a major running event for a good cause: the 2013 Montreal-New York Challenge during which she lines up 80km! In her burst of motivation, a taste for the arts resurfaced and this is how she reconnects with painting, her first passion.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Nancy: I like so much medium and subject that it is difficult for me to choose just one. So I work with a lot of different mediums, but the subjects are often the same, it revolves a lot around nature, colors, and running. I use as many alcohol inks, watercolor, acrylic, collage, and even recently gouache and pencil posca.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Nancy: I work almost exclusively in an intuitive and very emotional way depending on the mood of the day. Often it is very colorful. What I would like to convey to people is my joie de vivre or a particular emotion. I would like when people see my work, that it gives them a positive emotion and well-being.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Nancy: I don’t really have a process, on the other hand, the energy has to be there, I start with music and it is gone. If ever she speaks to me anymore, I let the work rest for a few hours a few days sometimes months to come back to it when she has given me a sign.
You do mostly flower and floral art. Could you tell me what inspires you to do this kind of art?
Nancy: Often yes it will revolve around the flowers. But it can be a mountain, trees. I am a lover of running and hiking in the forest, so it’s outings that inspire me enormously. For flowers, I love going to pick my bouquets and get inspired by them afterward. In winter, I use the photos I took of these bouquets for inspiration.
You say it is a unique journey to the heart of an unexplored, mysterious, invented, and sublimated nature. Is there a message you are trying to send with each piece, or is it something else?
Nancy: I am convinced that each work to create and create for a particular person, it is only necessary that this person is the chance to be able to see it. as I mentioned to you a little earlier, I would like people to be able to feel an emotion with the shared colors, when I get there, for me it’s the cherry on Sunday, that’s happiness.
What are you currently working on?
Nancy: Currently, I am on a very large format of seabed in very colorful alcohol ink, I can’t wait to be able to present them.
How has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Nancy: It’s difficult to answer this question, with the practice and the work that we all evolve, and since I like totally different mediums and subjects, I am in constant learning, I dare to hope that it shows in my works lol
Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?
Nancy: Oh, la la there are so many, it would be difficult to name them all, but quickly like that in mind Dominic Besner, Misswilcox, Dominique Fortin, Annabelle Marquis, Adèle Blais, Dominique Normand, and so many others…
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Nancy: Social networks are now essential to publicize our work. I am also represented by 3 magnificent galleries in 3 completely different regions, it is precious
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Nancy: At the moment, unfortunately not. The one that I had been canceled due to the pandemic, I am currently working on sending a file for new projects
What’s next on the horizon for Nancy?
Nancy: Continue to create and explore as long as the passion is there! and I hope she will be there forever.