Renée Michaud

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I am a painter and doctor based in Quebec, Canada. My work is a celebration of resilience and transformation in the face of the challenges that my body and soul experience every day. I have suffered from a severe form of arthritis since 2018 and have monocular vision, as a consequence of an autoimmune disease. My arthritis affects mostly my pelvis, cervical spine, and lumbar spine. As a result, I often struggle with completing simple tasks, such as walking as well as moving my neck and arms. I have learned how to cherish these simple things, which one may take for granted, and I do my best to remain positive and inspire other warriors who live with chronic illnesses.

Painting is my way of transcending physical suffering and entering a realm of peace. I work relentlessly, with iron determination; sometimes twelve to eighteen hours a day. I do not depict what the eye can see. Rather, I tap into the depths of the invisible, pouring my emotions on the canvas for others to feel. Art allows me to conquer the boundaries of tangible reality, communicate with my autistic son beyond the confines of verbal expression, and reach the souls of those who come in touch with it. It is my wish to inspire others in overcoming hardships and light up a glimmer of hope in their hearts.


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ag_biography : BIOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC PROCESS -Self-taught Canadian artist, born and raised in Grand Falls New Brunswick, but I reside in Quebec City -A lot of creative and artistic people in my family. My passion for art and my ability to draw everything was noted at a very young age. At the age of five, my mother told me that I would not be allowed to do any form of arts because my passion was so strong that my family feared I would not pursue my studies. I responded that it was quite fine by me because I wanted to become a doctor anyways and that I would become an artist later in life. Of course, I didn’t know when or how both would happen; I just knew. -At the age of 18; I moved to Quebec to study medecine and became a family physician and a well renowned pain doctor; and as I promised my mother, I only started painting at the age of 26. -It is only since January 2018; that I finally had the time to concentrate on my art and to find my style of art. On January 4th 2018, I was awoken by an excruating back pain and could barely walk. Fo me, that was the beginning of a severe form of arthritis ( Ankylosing spondyloarthritis). Painting became my safe haven because I would forget all my pain and hardships. And since I had waited so long to paint; I was definitely not going to create what already existed. I wanted to create an art that people could not just pass by it without looking at it. I wanted to create an unseen depth to my art. This was quite a challenge because I have a monoocular vision; I have had 5 eye surgeries in the past because of my autoimmune disorder. My art is 3 dimensional; I do not see in 3 dimensions but I am a smart lady and I can feel the depth. For 2 years, I struggled with my health to continue medecine; and finally I had to give up medecine so I decided to go with the flow and embrace my art career. I work very very hard; I can paint from 12 to 18 hours a day. This way I was able to perfect my technical abilities and create without boundaries. In four years, I have created four different collections. The first was Couture on Canvas. With suture points, I was able to integrate high quality fabrics to my paintings; it created depth and gave life to my paintings. Then I mastered painting on fabric and created many collections this way such as Les Dames de New York. I then explored textile art and mixte media. In 2021, I worked on inventing new techniques to create the art that I do now. The first canvas of this gendra took me 8 months to complete, but I never gave up; that is not in my nature. The canvas is called The Enchanted Forest and it is the canvas by witch I invented most of my techniques. I named my art PERCEPTUAL ART, because the image changes depending on the angle from witch we look at it. My art is a little bit like life; people look at it from different angles and they don’t perceive it the same way. I feel that my son surely influenced me to create this kind of art. Vincent is autistic and non verbal. He is very smart and people perceive him as being different while in reality, he is just looking at life from a different angle. There are many steps and techniques needed to create such an art; there are even cooking phases and since my art is very detailed and precise; I paint with a surgical tray at my side. I create what I need to see. I am able to tranfer my emotions on canvas; and people always comment that they can feel my art. And my friends in the artistic world, well they say that I do not need to sign my canvases anymore; because they can now recognize my art right away; and that is a beautiful compliment and achievement.
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Renée Michaud’s enchanting compositions entrance and enrapture. Her lions, horses, hawks, and pensive women grace her canvases with devotion and communion. The Soft Ruffling of Feathers gives a gentle sensory experience recalling to the viewer the delicate sounds of the lithe movements of geese. The fierce and fastened gaze of her lions in pieces like Through the Jungle and The Butterfly Effect have a deeply meditative quality which transports the viewer and gives glimpses into a spirituality only those who have deeply suffered can express. As someone who lives with arthritis and mobility issues, Michaud’s paintings are a triumph, exceeding limitations and coming from the heart.

Through her work, Michaud hopes to offer strength to those in need and is honored when others express a connection to her work. Her style is one she calls “perceptual art”: her piece’s subjects seem to follow one as they move from here to there and her paintings are heavily layered making for many images and meaning within each painting. Working most of her life as a doctor, Michaud was in favor of medical studies and discouraged from art at a young age. She now devotes herself entirely to her artistic practice.

Michaud lives and works in Quebec City, Canada.


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