1941 - I WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 26th IN THE MONTRÉAL NEIGHBOURHOOD OF PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL.
1943 -1958 - I LIVED ON A FARM.
Rang Sainte Marianne, near Sainte Thérèse de Blainville. Our house is gone now, but I have sweet memories of it. Living in isolation and being bored led me to develop an interest in drawing, and I honed my skill. My parents, who wanted me to keep busy, encouraged this activity. I adored the drawing classes at the local elementary school. In high school, my drawing talents evolved, and I used to cover the blackboards with drawings suitable to the times at Christmas, New Years etc. Sometimes my teacher even asked me to give the class a drawing lesson!
1958 – I MOVED TO MONTRÉAL…IT WAS ABOUT TIME!
I was losing my interest in drawing…
1960 - 1964 – B. Sc. PHYSICS AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL
A challenge above all else! What could it have been…?
1964 - MARRIAGE AND THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER AT BELL CANADA…
Both meant 30 years of loyal service
I had a wonderful life with my companion, Fleurette, and we had two sons, Stéphane and Christian. I was very happy!
I had a series of assignments at Bell. I continually advanced and met real challenges, and I was very happy there!
1968 – MY WIFE DISCOVERED MY CHILDHOOD DRAWINGS!
Then, as a gift, I received a beginner's set of painting materials along with the mandate to cover the white walls of our home with my paintings... and that was the beginning of my adventure as a painter.
1978 -1980 – FIRST TRIP TO SAUDI ARABIA (BELL CANADA INT'L)
I continued to paint, and Middle-Eastern subjects became my favourites.
1981 – DEATH OF MY SON, CHRISTIAN!
September 28th, at 7 p.m. I had just turned 40 two days earlier! At that very moment, Marcel Favreau was giving me my first lessons in painting... at that very moment, the tragedy of my life occurred!
Painting became much more important following this tragic event, and an rearrangement of my priorities gave greater place to art… My interest in a LONG career as an executive at Bell was fading! BUT THE IDEA OF HAVING A CAREER AS A PAINTER WAS GROWING.
1981 - 1985 – INITIAL TRAINING IN PAINTING
The work of the painters Marcel Favreau and Litorio Del Signore amazed me, and their instruction during the years between 1980 and 1985 influenced the way I painted. Several of my paintings from this period so resembled those of my teachers that I made the decision to distance myself from their teaching to develop my own personality as a painter.
I became active in the BROSS’ART painters’ group and regularly showed my work with them.
1985 - 1987 – SECOND TRIP TO SAUDI ARABIA
The deeper motivation for this trip was to become more financially independent. I also wanted to move more quickly toward a full-time career as a painter and to open a gallery for my wife.
Trips to Europe and its museums brought me to a fuller discovery of the Impressionists.
1988 - 1994 MORE TRAINING AND INCREASED ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
The basic painting instruction at the Mission Renaissance art school, which I attended from 1989 to 1991, was academic in its approach. This kept me from a certain spontaneity but encouraged the refinement of my thinking, exploration and professionalism.
Impressionism and its practitioners dominated my thinking, and I carefully studied their works during visits to museums in Paris, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington and Ottawa. I felt little attraction to the works in the Louvre. In every museum, the rooms filled with art from bygone eras left me cold. It was the Impressionists’ paintings found in various museums that earned my admiration. More and more, particularly after my visit to Giverny in 1985, Monet’s influence on me was growing and dominated until the end of 1996.
1994 – DEATH OF MY COMPANION
1995 - DECISION TO RETIRE FROM BELL
I officially left Bell at the end of January 1995, but I had already retired to paint full time the preceding year.
1995 – I BEGAN MY CAREER AS A FULL-TIME PAINTER
In 1995, I decided that if I had to choose between painting the Québec countryside and the city, I would choose… Montréal! But painting outdoors remained a priority.
The 1994 Monet retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago, where I spent 3 days, confirmed my orientation towards an Impressionistic approach to painting!
1995 – MY LITTLE FAMILY GREW, AND MY ROLE AS GRANDFATHER GAVE ME GREAT PLEASURE
I have visitors in my studio
1996 - 2004 – UQAM
In 1996, I also registered at UQAM in order to learn about modern art, to find new influences and to make well-informed decisions about the best direction for me to take in the future. After spending two years closely linked to this milieu, I became aware of the importance of developing a modern vision of my own. Discussions with my university professors were critical and led me to an artistic approach that was different from what I had originally been taught!
1997 – STUDIO AT 4710 ST. AMBROISE
I prepared for my first opening and realized I needed to be less isolated.
1995 – MORE INTENSE TRAINING TO MASTER THE IMPRESSIONISTS’ TECHNIQUES
I discovered French painter Henri Le Sidaner (1860-1941) and his soft paintings with their very fragmented marks. I decided to master his technique even as I was still trying to master impressionist techniques at the Mission Renaissance painting school (end of 95-97). Hence the appearance of the fragmented marks still found in my work today!
1997 & 1998 - FIRST OPENINGS AT GALERIE 1040 MARIANNE
I organized my first exhibitions in a gallery space, and my friends were there!
2000 - I LEFT THE SOUTH SHORE
I wanted to be closer to my studio on the Lachine Canal, so I moved to Ile des Sœurs.
2001 - SEARCHING FOR …THE LIGHT À LA DESJARDINS
I left UQAM in order to investigate and discover in my studio… My way of painting will evolve from who I am and what I know how to do… I seek to infuse my paintings with the “light à la DESJARDINS”…a light that is mine alone and results more from my own discoveries than from outside influences!
Sometimes I am successful!
2006- TRIP TO FLORENCE
I wanted to see the origins of the Renaissance … and I did!
2007 – A MONTH IN PARIS AND PROVENCE!
A return to the museums and subjects that inspire me…
My family came along...
I wanted to see the light in Provence... and I did!
2007+ - I WANT TO PAINT GOOD PAINTINGS
I dream of creating new work for another exhibition.