marie-lyne bourassa

Artist Statement

“Creating beauty, ease and connection guides my life.”

Artist Bio

Marie-Lyne grew up in Montreal and developed a passion for arts, design and nature at a young age. She graduated from Universite de Montreal and McGill University in science and medicine and created a fulfilling journey as a mother and physician. In 2004, she focused on developing her skills in painting with watercolour, oil and acrylic through the tutelage of many including Susan Ashbrook at the Arteast/Ottawa school of Arts centre. She opened her own studio catering to private clients wanting to commission large landscapes or abstract paintings. Over the years, she received further apprenticeship where she encountered and appreciated many inspiring and skilled artists including Gordon Harrison. Through this process, she learned to trust the creative process within herself, painting with knives, scrapers and a self taught water spray technique. Her most influential Canadian artists are Jean-Paul Riopelle and Tom Thomson.

The past year, Marie-lyne met her objectives as a publicly emerging artist in graduating from the QC Design School in redesign; creating connections and sales while participating in three group-exhibits in Quebec and Ontario and two solo-exhibits in the Ottawa region: ‘Rain forest’ (colours and textures of forests of the world) in Westboro, ON and ‘Beauté et connection’ (landscape and fauna) at the Maison des Arts. She joined three dynamic online groups: ArtXterra, based in Montreal and Indiewalls, based in New York and Saatchi, based in London to share her artwork.

In 2016, Marie-Lyne envisioned the “bouquet” exhibits and invited another artist, Claire Paulin, to create two duo exhibits of original paintings with her. It was presented at the 2017 ‘Ottawa Home and Garden Show’  and  at her Ottawa Violet Studio.
In Winter and spring 2017, she also exhibited  “Canada, Merci!” to mark Canada’s 150th birthday of its confederation. It is inspired by photographs she has taken across the country she is passionate about. The series is 20 large format landscapes was displayed in solo exhibits in Ottawa and Mont-Tremblant. Details are in the past events section of the website.

A second series has been created and is being exhibited all summer  in Mont-Tremblant. It  is entitled “ Magie de Mont-Tremblant”.  It is available at the Galerie 806 located in the Centre-Ville de Mont-Tremblant at 806 rue St-Jovite. It is inspired by her love for the nature and landscapes of the region. Those paintings will be added to the website by August. 

During the summer, Marie-lyne will be participating in: the Galerie exhibits Galerie de la Gare of the Vieux village de Tremblant on most Saturdays, the 11th Symposium des Arts du Domaine St-Bernard on August 5-6 (as the creator and director of the Collective Artwork) and will be present at the Vernissage of the Gordon Harrison’s Apprentices on Sunday August 27 with four of her recent works.

Other projects  in September 2017 include a selected contemporary landscape for ‘People’s forest’ and ‘Selections’  juried group exhibits. 

In the distance, she is conceiving from her collection of antique and modern textiles (from around the world) the contemporary art series ‘Expression and Textiles’.


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