About The Artist
up surrounded by the pristine wilderness of Northern Ontario, Colette's love
of art and nature began early in life. Inspired by her family whose love of
the outdoors manifested itself by countless days of skiing, fishing and
camping Colette was allured by the beauty and mystery of the natural world.
She was always on the lookout for wildlife, exploring every inch of the
forest floor or tree canopy. This passion for
animals and wildlife, coupled with her
insatiable desire to draw led Colette to pursue a degree in Biology from
Laurentian University, while she continued to paint and draw part-time.
In 2004, Colette realized she wanted to
pursue her lifelong dream and art became her primary profession when she
launched her website www.colettetheriault.com .
Through her website, Colette has artwork
commissioned from clients across the United States and Canada with her most
recent project involving the US Pentagon (K-9 Detection Division) in
Arlington, VA. When not working on commissions, Colette is always compelled
to draw or paint wildlife and nature.
Entirely self-taught, Colette captures the
essence of her subjects using soft pastels on archival suede or sandpaper.
She often finds herself experimenting with colored pencils but also enjoys
the more traditional mediums of graphite pencils and watercolor.
It takes Colette countless hours to create
her finely detailed works in a photo-realistic style. A perfectionist by
nature, she meticulously draws or paints her subjects with utmost attention
to detail, down to individual hairs and strands of grass.
For several years, Colette has been showing
her work publicly through the Sudbury Art Club's biannual art shows as well
as numerous solo and group shows. Her work has also been accepted in various
juried art exhibitions such as La Cloche and NOAA, with several paintings
earning awards. Due to numerous requests from fellow artists, Colette
occasionally devotes time teaching workshops to individuals and
local/regional art clubs demonstrating the pastel and graphite techniques
she uses to
create her finely detailed portraits.
Last spring, Colette was accepted into the
prestigious Artists For Conservation; a world renown international
organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural
Two of her most recent works were
subsequently juried into the AFC Exhibit which took place last fall at
Grouse Mountain Spirit Gallery, North Vancouver, BC. The exhibit featured
works from top wildlife artists and conservationists around the world
including Canada's renowned Robert Bateman, John Seerey Lester and Pollyanna
the workshop schedule
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