France Tremblay

France Tremblay did a bachelor degree in physics at Université Laval in Quebec city, a master degree in physics at the University of Toronto, and a Ph. D. degree in physics at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has studied quantum mechanics in semiconductor structures in collaboration with several renowned scientists, including two Nobel prize nominees. It is while she was in Europe studying to become a scientist that France developed her passion for art, as she had the chance to see by herself and analyze the works of many masters she loved, from broad periods in art history.  France came back to Canada with her Ph.D degree in science in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.  She then worked as a full-time scientist for twelve years, becoming an international expert in radars and later managing teams of 50 scientists and engineers in the field of telecommunication. During that period France studied art part-time, learning directly from the artists she admires and from personal research and experimentation.  She became a full-time artist in 2002 and has since then presented her artwork in several galleries and solo and group exhibitions in Canada.  Her artwork was also juried into high profile exhibitions in the United States, including the "Paint the Parks Top 100" (2007 and 2008), the "Paint America Top 100" (2007), "The Art of Conservation" (2008-09-10-11-12-13 and 14), an international annual event presented at various museums including the prestigious Hiram Blauvelt art Museum, located in the New York area, and the international annual Society of Animal Artists exhibition (2010-11-12 and 13).  In 2013, her artwork was selected and presented at "Birds in Art", recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian Art. She is the Grand Prize Winner, obtaining first place at the famous "Paint the Park Top 100" (2008), which celebrates the beauty of the American national parks.  Also, France's artwork has been selected as finalist in the Landscape category (2007-08 and 11) and Wildlife Art category (2008-09) of The Artist's magazine Annual Art Competition.  Every year, approximately 15000 professional artists participate to this challenging competition.  France's artwork has been published in 16 books, including "Strokes of Genius", "Radical Breakthroughs" and several museum exhibition catalogs. France is a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists (SAA), whose members are producing the best animal art in the world, and of The Artists for Conservation (AFC) group, the world's leading group of artists supporting the environment. 

In many ways, France approaches art with the traits of a scientist. Her work is the result of careful planning and analysis. She strives to transcend the limits of the medium through a refined technique. She understands that technique is an important tool to achieve self-expression and that the better the tool is, the more choices she has in what she can convey. Her repertoire is varied: landscapes, wildlife and still life. In all cases, light is a critical and dramatic element in her compositions.  Her main medium is acrylic; she also paints or draws with coloured pencils, graphite and carbon.

France's expeditions around the world are a major source of inspiration and have a profound impact on her art. Some recent additions to her work followed experiencing the ruggedness of the Arizona and the California deserts, the luxuriance of Costa Rica gardens, the Galapagos wildlife and the peacefulness of Bermuda. The voyage of discovery beginning by changing one's own eyes, France is inspired by the wading birds of the Ottawa valley, her home.

In 2002, France founded her art school in Kanata (Ottawa). She shares her passion for art with both children and adults. Her program is a carefully planned progression, starting with the basic drawing skills and building upon this foundation, in a way similar to classical art schools.

From 2002 to 2006, France also taught art at Algonquin College and at Wallack's. As well, she has a vast experience in teaching in other fields. She is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches Electrical Engineering since 1995, in digital signal processing and control systems.  She certified as a fitness instructor in 1995 and teaches aerobics for a few hours a week since then.


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