Chantal Roy's nature paintings beautifully blend high realism with flights of imagination. In acrylic and mixed media - including material salvaged from recycling bins - Roy paints romantic, detailed studies of forests, farms, and the occasional butterfly. These studies are impeccably wrought in shades of brown and blue, lit as though the sun were hanging splendidly low in the sky. Then, unexpectedly, Roy paints overleaf, layering into these images by introducing painted "drips" of color and "pages" of images.
Roy manipulates her acrylics to get the most out of their unique physical properties. She piles it, streaks it, and dabs it into peaks and valleys, embracing its innate plastic hardness and opacity. As she creates trompe l'oeil drips on the canvas, she also leaves tangible, three-dimensional ones behind. The boundaries between painted reality and the viewer's present reality are continually broken.
Roy was born in New Brunswick, Canada and currently lives in Notre Dame. She has donated her art to fundraising causes for cancer and environmental protection.