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.