I was born in Montreal, Quebec and showed a strong interest in drawing and painting from an early age.  Summers spent in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and later in Northern Ontario have left me with a love of rural scenery and natural landscapes which influences my choice of subject matter even today.

After a successful corporate career and raising three sons, I have been able to return to my first passion, painting.  Primarily self-taught, I work in acrylic and watercolour.  My style ranges from realism to a more abstracted version of realism influenced by a bold or impressionistic use of colour.

Artist Statement

I am drawn to the passages and cycles of nature in both rural and untouched landscapes.  Our visceral response to natural beauty fascinates me and I try to capture those qualities that stimulate our sentiments and passions.  My goal is to convey the emotion, the impressions, and the feelings that speak to your heart, rather than the detailed reality of a subject.

My work is evolving towards a more abstracted view of reality through simplification of design, pattern and light.  Bold and eye-catching colour is my passion and I use it to create mood, atmosphere and a sense of being immersed in a scene.

I think of each painting as a celebration of life, and with each piece strive to capture the beauty and peacefulness of our natural world.

Selected Exhibitions

2015 – “Inspirations”, Manotick Art Association
2015 – Nepean Fine Arts League Fall Show
2015 – Watson’s Mill
2015 – “A Brush with Art”, Manotick Art Association
2014 – Nepean Fine Arts League Fall Show
2014 – “A Brush with Art”, Manotick Art Association Spring Show and Sale
2013 – “Art in the Square” Watson’s Mill, Manotick, ON

Professional Affiliations

2015 to present – Member, Foyer Gallery
2015 to present – President, Manotick Art Association (member since 2012)
2013 to present – Member, Nepean Fine Arts League

Email:  jcoulterman@gmail.com