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Artist statement

Self-taught artist native of Quebec, Marie Plante was a child psychiatrist and her passion for the arts has been present since childhood.

Canadian geese, migratory birds that feed on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, were her first inspiration. The shores are rich with life and lead her to paint large sea birds and vegetation.


Over time her creative approach leads her to express the shore and the migration more than to paint it figuratively. Her shores become more abstract, suggested. Her birds are sketched. The vegetation is represented by drawing the tall grasses. Her banks evolve and tell a different story one year to another. Her «Rives d'eau» collection is her largest and rich of evolution.


The figurative and the portrait are reminded to her periodically and a bird emerges from the canvas, taken from a travel photo or that of a photographer from Quebec with authorization. Except for her bird paintings, the spontaneity of creation prevails in her works. The balance of shapes and colors guides her. Acrylic allows her more creative freedom and her approach has broken away from observational drawing to target the imaginary, joyful and serene interpretation of nature so that her art brightens up.

Several collections of works overlap and complement each other: Rives d'eau / Shores, Oiseaux / Birds, Quatre éléments / Four Elements, Plumes / Feathers ...


She plays with textures with the knife and colors, and recently with a layer of modeling paste that she prints to texture her work. Her colors have the radiance of the pigments of life and she works them with gestures, in the drawing of curves, the brushstroke, the sliding of the knife or the spray of the aerosol.


In 2020-21, the year of the pandemic, the shores change, become isolated to the point of being unrecognizable. Then the desire for other shores self-imposes. Dreamed shores, migrations to an elsewhere invade the canvas. Even without traveling, the inner journey is always possible.

While turquoise is in the spotlight during the first wave of the pandemic, it is accompanied by orange and gives way to red and black with the second wave. Gold, its favorite color, retains all its importance. And she finalizes her work with gold color in string to highlight a detail, crimp and enhance the subject. The gold color and its luminous reflections are part of the Plante’s signature.

Her art is evolving as she continually explores new techniques. If 2020 was the year of acrylic spray, stencils, and textures, 2021 will see her tame the airbrush. She allows herself to use as stencils: ferns, pine branches and goldenrods from her land on the north shore of St-Lawrence river her painting becomes more organic.

Fall 2021, another step in her career, she opens her artist studio in downtown Quebec City

Spring 2022, she participate to an exhibition of the Manif d'Art 10, at the Galerie Bécot. Spring 2023 she organized an exhibition at the Agora of the Quebec National Assembly.

She is an professional artist accepted by the RAAV.


Nature is precious, beautiful, sacred! Through her art, Marie Plante wants people to discover, respect, and preserve the beauty of nature.


 Marie Plante                                                                           April 2023


Artist’s studio

215 rue St-Vallier East, Quebec

open to the public

By appointment 418-928-6870


2023 Galerie Lenoir, Montreal

2021 St-Laurent Art Centre, Île d'Orléans

2018-19 Galerie d'art OFF Galerie, 113 rue St-Paul, Québec

2018 Galerie Québec Art, 40 rue Notre-Dame, Québec

2017 Galerie d'art Chez l'Artiste, 84 1/2 rue Petit-Champlain, Quebec June to May 

2017 Galerie Zen, 1139 rue St-Jean, Quebec, March to November 

Awards and Honours

Circle Foundation for the Arts Artistic Excellence Award 2023

Honourable mention by the jury at the exhibition «Château Life» at Château Frontenac, May 2018

Finalist in the Fall Dreams National Painting Contest, September 2017


Solo exhibitions

2021 Solo exhibition «Rêve d'une rive, rive de rêve» Carrefour culturel Baie St-Paul 

2020 Solo exhibition «Rives d'eau» Carrefour culturel Baie St-Paul (annulée COVID)

2013    Exposition solo «Persona…Grata» 4ème édition enrichie, bibliothèque Le Tournesol,        2013    Solo exhibition "Persona… Grata" 4th enriched edition, Le Tournesol library, Quebec 2013    Solo exhibition "Portraits au pastel", restaurant Les Fistons, Quebec

2010    Solo exhibition "Persona Grata… a face is worth a thousand words"   2nd edition, at the               Alain-Grandbois library, Saint-Augustin de Desmaures

2010    Solo exhibition "Persona Grata… a face is worth a thousand words"   3rd edition, Roger                Lemelin library, Cap Rouge

2009     Solo exhibition "Persona Grata... a face is worth a thousand words", galerie Magella                    Paradis,   Trait Carré, Charlesbourg

2001     Solo exhibition "Bernaches augustinoises", bibliothèque Alain Grandbois , VSAD            


Group exhibitions

2023 group exhibition, Agora de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec

2022 group exhibition, Manif d'Art 10, Galerie Bécot, Québec

2021 group exhibition, Galerie SACQ, Laurier Québec

2020 group exhibition, Galerie SACQ, Laurier Québec

2020 group exhibition, Galerie l'imaginaire SAHSC, galeries de la Capitale

2020 collective exhibition ACSAD "La montagne secrète" Carrefour culturel de Baie St-Paul 2019 collective exhibition Galerie mpTresart, Durham-Sud

2019 collective exhibition Galerie OFF galerie, Québec

2019 collective exhibition Galerie Alfred-Pellan, Québec

2019 collective exhibition Galerie Espace, Montréal

2018 collective exhibition SACQ Touches d'Art, Palais Montcalm

2018 collective exhibition OFF Galerie au carrefour culturel de Baie St-Paul

2018 collective exhibition OFF Galerie Maison O'Neil, Quebec

2018 collective exhibition OFF Galerie, Maison de la culture de l'Ancienne-Lorette

2018 exposition collective SACQ Vie de Château, Château Frontenac

2018 exposition collective à l'Espace Contemporain


2020    Art et Moisson, SAHSC,  Île d'Orléans

2019   Rendez-vous Art Contemporain

2019   Visit'Art-Québec

2018   Rendez-vous Art Contemporain

2018   Visit'Art-Québec

2018   Symposium d'art contemporain de Rivière Éternité


professional associations

Regroupement des artistes en art visuel du Québec (RAAV)

Artistes visuels du Québec (AVQ)

Association culturelle de St-Augustin-de-Desmaures

Art xTerra

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Marie Plante, a native of Quebec City, has studied and worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, but her passion for arts has followed her throughout her career. Over the years, her natural gift for drawing, painting, and arts in general has led her to learn how to use multiple art media. In the 2000s, her artistic career became more defined and she started exhibiting her work.


Pastel period

Along the St. Laurence River, she observes Canada geese. These magnificent birds are her inspiration for twenty pastel drawings for a first solo exhibition "Augustin Geese" in 2001. Her strong interest in the human being leads her to choose this medium known for its subtlety in portraiture. The dry pastel portrait workshop sessions she attends, run by pastellists and painters Francine Gauthier, Cathia Hamel, Denis Jacques, Fleurette Sauvageau, and Isabelle Hêtu, complete her drawing and dry pastel portrait training.


Her passion for portraits conditions her production. When she paints portraits, she feels like she is meeting with her subject and trying to understand his personality, his emotions, his joys and pains. Pastel drawing enables her painting style to be either gestural or nuanced and it necessarily involves the integration of the mind, perception, emotion, and movement. ​


Acrylic period

In recent years, she has been focusing on her painting. Her production pace has increased, since she has more time to explore visual arts and creativity. In 2010, she has adopted acrylic painting and since 2014, her acrylic painting production has become more important and has reached maturity. Here again, this medium allows her style to be either gestural or nuanced, and both the use of the paint brush and the palette knife offer that possibility.  And airspray or aerograph are her new tools to paint her vision. Colors are predominant in her work, whether she uses a bright color spectrum or a rather limited one.

Ce qui compte, c’est la spontanéité, l’impulsion. Voilà la vérité vraie  -  Picasso

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