Diane Bertrand

Wool

Artist's Statement

As a child, Diane spent her summers on the shores of Lac des Iles, surrounded by the wilderness of the Laurentian Mountains in southern Québec, where she began to make sketches of the forest animals that abounded.

After several years working as high school teacher, she went to Paris where she spent the next five years researching art.  She took full advantage of her time there to visit galleries and museums of most Europe’s capital cities.

It was not until 2012 that, with the encouragement of family and friends, she finally “came out” as an artist.  By then, she had already been following her passion for 16 years, having devoted all her time to artistic endeavours since 1996.  Following many years of using acrylic to present her interpretation of feminine condition and her perspective of life in man’s world, she returned to her original interests: the flora and fauna of the forest undergrowth.

In her search for a natural medium to represent animals, she concluded there was no better material than soft, warm wool for depicting the fauna of endangered wetlands.  So, gradually, her tubes of acrylics were replaced by skeins of wool.  She sets herself the challenge of honing her wool-felting skills to create tree-dimensional pieces that have the high quality of works of taxidermy but without the unpleasantness associated with a dead animal.

Through her art, she invites the observer to appreciate the beauty hidden in even the humblest of creatures to the point where he or she would want to protect them and respect their environment.

 Her works have been exhibited in galleries in Québec city, Montreal, Gatineau and Ottawa.  She humbly won awards in several juried shows, but what touches her perhaps even more is the fact that many fellow artists have sought to acquire one or more of her 3 D artworks.

Also, Diane has delighted many customers by creating felted commissions.
 

Prizes and Recognitions:

2016     Jury’s Choice, Selection,  AEO Arts Council, Shenkman Center, Ottawa    
             Jury’s Choice,  Mosaïc, Shenkman Center, Ottawa    
             2nd Juried Award, Ottawa Art Association

2015     1st Juried Award,  Arteast Ottawa    
              1st Juried Award, Ottawa Art Association

2014   Jury’s Choice,  Arteast Ottawa   
           1st Juried Award,  Arteast Ottawa    
           2nd prize Peers Award, Ottawa Art Association

Website:  www.dianebertrand.ca