Why I create with wool?

As a child, I spent my summers on the shores of Lac des Iles, surrounded by the wilderness of the Laurentian Mountains in southern Quebec, Canada. It was there that I began to observe nature and make sketches of the forest animals that abounded there.

After several years working as a high school teacher, I went to Paris, where I spent the next five years researching art. I took full advantage of my time there to visit the galleries and museums of Europe's capital cities.

It was not until 2012 that, with the encouragements of family and friends, I finally "came out" as an artist. By then I had already been following my passion for 16 years, having devoted all my time to artistic endeavours since 1996. Following many years of using the medium of acrylic paint on paper to present my interpretation of the feminine condition and my perspective of life on man's world, I returned to my original interests: the flora and fauna of the forest undergrowth.

It was in my search for a natural medium to represent animals that I concluded there was no better material than soft, warm wool for depicting the fauna of endangered wetlands. So, gradually my tubes of acrylic were replaced with skeins of wool.

I was seduced by the versatility of this renewable natural resource, and I set myself the challenge of honing my wool-felting skills to create realistic representations would also be inspiring works of art. I believe I have succeded in creating tree-dimensional pieces that have the high quality of works of taxidermy but without the unpleasantness associated with a dead animal.

Through my art, I invite the observer to appreciate the beauty hidden in even the humblest of creatures, to the point where he or she would want to care for and protect them, and respect their environment.

My works have been exhibited in galleries in Quebec City, Montreal, Gatineau and Ottawa, and I am honoured to have won awards in several juried competitions. What touches me perhaps even more is the fact that many fellow artists have sought to acquire one or more of my pieces.

For more information, or to see a larger selection of my works, please contact me at: diane@dianebertrand.ca

Prix et distinctions récents:
* Mosaic Jury Prize at the Shenkman Centre
* Jury Prize AOE,
* Jury Prize Centre Shenkman
* 2nd Price at Ottawa Art Association Juried Award 2015 –
* Jury Prize jury Ottawa Art Association; * Jury Prize at Ottawa Arteast,fr ;
* 1st Jury Prize Arteast of Ottawa;
* 2nd Prize at Ottawa Art Association;

How I felt my wool