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Sylvie Demers says her mother told her she was born with coloring crayons in hand. Seeing the passion in her art, we’d believe it! This Canadian artist takes her love of nature and the emotions that her surroundings elicit and opens her heart up to the canvas. We have been very lucky to add her to our list of featured artists and turn some of her inspiring watercolors into fabulous wall decals. Sylvie has an inner optimism that shines through her work and not only paints and illustrates with passion but has a true desire to help people in her career as a psycho-educator with stroke and TBI patients in a rehabilitation institute.
For those loving colorful abstract watercolors, check out Aura 3, an abstract wall decal of two lovers in hues of green, blue, orange and yellow. Nature art fans will appreciate the beautiful Dream Time, a bird and floral wall decal in shades of pink, red, green, yellow and blue. These are just a few of Sylvie’s abstract paintings we’ve turned into high-quality wall stickers. Read on to learn more about Sylvie and be sure to visit her featured artist page to view more of her stunning art as fabric wall decals.
My Wonderful Walls: Where were you born?
Sylvie Demers: I was born in a small town, Amos, in northern Quebec. My parents and I moved when I was 18 months to an even smaller village, Radisson, in the James Bay area. Over there, nature is our best companion!
MWW: Where do you live now?
SD: I live in Saint-Eustache, which is located on the north shore of Montréal, where I currently work. My town value its historical buildings a lot. Walking in the Old Saint-Eustache gives you a taste of what life was a couple centuries ago.
The city was founded in 1770 and incorporated in 1835. A significant battle of the Lower Canada Rebellion was fought here on December 14, 1837; the rebels were defeated and the town was burnt. The Battle was to be known as The Battle of Saint-Eustache.
MWW: Were you always interested in art? How/when did you begin? Did you go to school for art?
SD: My mom always says that I was born with coloring crayons in my hand. At a very young age, I wanted to be a designer. I did a general formation in Arts et Lettres in college but pursued a psycho-education degree at Université de Montréal. I think I wasn`t ready to let creativity flow. I was blocked. For many years after that, I didn’t touch a brush. In 2009, I joined the community of COLOURlovers.com and then, this passion that was still happily there, just exploded! Soon after, I won a pattern design contest organized by COLOURlovers and Gelaskins. From that moment, my brain was filled with colors and forms and it still is!
MWW: What inspires you?
SD: I would say emotions. I try to let emotions flow when I play with colors in my studio. I appreciate this peaceful state that comes with creation. I love nature and I love birds for what they represent…freedom!
MWW: What medium(s) do you prefer?
SD: I try to work with and learn about many mediums! Right now I mostly use ink and watercolor when I create because they dry fast and give depth to my work.
MWW: What is your favorite subject matter to paint/illustrate?
SD: Birds and flowers
MWW: Can you describe your creative environment?
SD: I have a little studio in my house. In summer, I like to paint outside too! Less paint to clean on the floor!!
MWW: Best time of day for you to create?
SD: I create mostly in the morning since I have to go to work at 1pm. Natural light is flowing in my studio. It’s inspiring! I try to follow a routine so I can have time to create every day. After breakfast, when my husband leaves for work, I read inspirational books, write and meditate and for an hour. After that I’m ready to let intuition and creativity take over…
MWW: What are some of your other interests?
SD: I work as a psycho-educator with stroke and TBI patients in a rehabilitation center. I love to be in contact with other human beings and help them to find balance in their life after this life changing experience.
Travelling is also a big passion of mine. I will be visiting Provence this summer and I can’t wait to see the colors and beauty of this part of the world!
MWW: In a few words, how would you describe yourself? Your art?
SD: I’m a child of 42 years old, and young at heart! I love to be amazed by life, by others, by nature. I want to play with colors. I want to be as joyous and peaceful as possible. I have faith that for all my life, I have been guided to this day. Today is everything that I have and I want to enjoy it as much as I can.
My art is part of me. My search for peace, joy and freedom is obvious I think through my paintings. The best comments I receive are when people look at my art and say that it makes them feel happy.
MWW: Do you have a favorite piece of work?
SD: I really like “Liberté”. This painting has been in my living room for 2 years. I wasn’t able to let it go. It was the first large painting that I did. The colors and tones are just perfect to me. It was the first time for splashes and drip. It gave me the chance to experiment freedom in movement while I was painting. It opened a new door in my creativity!
MWW: How did you get involved with My Wonderful Walls?
SD: Stephanie, the co-owner, saw my work on Society6.com. She didn’t have to put too much effort to convince me to start this new adventure! The products they offer are so unique that it was a definite for me that I wanted to be a part of this!
Thanks Sylvie! We feel very blessed to have you among our wonderful featured artists. If you’d like to see more of Sylvie’s work, please visit her Saatchi.com page for her original paintings or Society6.com for her work on cell phone covers, pillows, etc. You can also follow Sylvie on Facebook to keep abreast of any new projects and a behind the scenes look at her beautiful world!
Blog post written by Tara