Johanne Durocher Yordan

Artist Statement:

Thank you for taking the time to view my work. I am a self-taught artist who as an adult went back to school to redefine what it was I wanted to accomplish with my art. I attended many classes at the University of Vermont in a two year period which helped me to grow immensely as an artist. After experimenting with my art for a while, a life altering event caused a complete shift in how I painted. Prior to this shift, I painted about what I saw and knew which included still life and landscapes. It then became more about what I felt and about pushing the boundaries of how I had previously painted. This release allowed me to paint with freedom and emotion which for me led to a very different means of expression, a very abstract expression. As I continue on in my journey of abstract painting, I find more fascination and freedom to explore and experiment. Some paintings are deliberate and are meant to evoke specific emotions while others are an exploration of technique, color, and texture. Many of my paintings are well planned while others are very impromptu. Some of my paintings have included found or collected items which add depth and meaning to combine form and function to my work. In the past 12 years I have been involved in many solo and group exhibitions as well as commissioned work. I continue to pursue every avenue so that I may share what I love to do with others. Art imitates life and is a continual process of growth and curiosity. It will live long after we have gone which is why I love this quote, "I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, I want to leave some souvenir." Vincent Van Gogh

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