"It always felt natural for me to paint and make things, doing things with my hands. The underlying and connecting thread to all this was my life long preoccupation with making things better. It's important to me because it has always been there with me, making art. I don't know when I was never curious about looking for something new."
— Veronique Godbout, visual artist and art instructor
Veronique Godbout was born and raised in Quebec, Canada, where exploring the lush forests and infinite lakes helped instill a love of nature. She studied art and Graphic Design, ultimately becoming a College Professor in Quebec. She received her B.A. in Graphic Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is also a Graduate in Advanced Education from the University of Sherbrooke. She worked as a College Professor and an Academic Advisor for 10 years. Veronique's past positions include serving as the Chair of the Graphic Design Department at The College of Sherbrooke. She left her College Career, in July 2009, to move to Hawaii where she met her beloved husband Marc.
After residing in Montreal, Hawaii, and Virginia, Veronique Godbout now lives and works in Rhode Island. She is currently a full-time Artist and Art Teacher. She presently offers classes at the Jamestown Art Center and the South County Art Association. Veronique is a passionate instructor who had taught painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and France. She is an Elected Member of The Art League of Rhode Island as well as an Artist Member of The South County Art Association.
- Festiv'art, Frelighsburg, Canada
- Tradeshow MAISON & OBJET, Paris, France
- Sunshine Arts Gallery, Kaneohe, HI
- Windward Artists Guild exhibition, HI
- Picassomio Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- d'Art Center, Norfolk, VA
- Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Ghent, VA
- Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA
- MOCA Holiday Show, Virginia Beach, VA
- Sunshine Art Northampton, MA
- Jamestown Art Center Member Show, RI
- Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI
- South County Art Association Juried Show, Kingston, RI
My paintings are reflections of life, each filled with layers of color and graphic details that reveal one's essence. My kinship with nature is much more than just having a subject to paint, it's a lifelong relationship. Most of my work echoes my background in graphic design and my paintings are in an ornamental style, resembling stained glass. I am known for my vivid colors, detailed ornamental patterns, and the use of bold graphic lines.
I work spontaneously and rarely begin with a set plan in mind. Often, the image comes from a dream, a vision appearing to me through daydreaming. I let each painting evolve intuitively as I build each layer of paint and ink. For me, the most important thing in creation is to let go, to test new materials, new styles. I work quickly to begin with and I do not know what the final result will be. I usually work in rotation on 2 or 3 artworks at the same time and I alternate the images, taking my time and reflecting on the outcome. Color plays a very important role in my work and I prefer working with fast-drying acrylic paints and drawing inks. Each piece is then finished off with a layer of varnish to enhance the colors and depth and also protect the surface of the painting.
My paintings are both a direct reflection of my surroundings and an imaginary world – a secret garden that exists in my mind. Each of my images constitutes a whimsical place to go to escape and be lost within. The goal is to capture the imagery of a moment, a sensation and feel the emotion inspired by nature in all its beauty and strength.
- Veronique Godbout, 2020