At the core of my work is an exploration of the tension between opposite concepts, like the symmetry of geometric patterns and the asymmetry of organic designs, transparency and solidity, reality and imagination.
The tension between symmetry and asymmetry is perceptible in the superimposition of ornamental patterns on top of biological structures like tree trunks. It also shows in the representation of natural patterns like the rings of a tree with geometric repetitive shapes. In my still life paintings, the delicate organic shapes of the flora are strongly contrasting with very bold decorative patterns. This elaborate patterning gives some of my paintings a look reminiscent of fabric or paper collage, although all the designs are actually hand painted.
I love experimenting with different media (acrylic, watercolor, ink, graphite…) following the pull of my curiosity, although supported by a rigorous and traditional approach. My technique involves a lot of planning to create the final effect I want. The accumulation of many successive thin layers contributes to an ethereal translucent quality that comes in contrast with the solidity and boldness of the ornamental patterns.
Like a tightrope walker, I find pleasure in exploring the in-between space where reality meets fantasy. My painting process will often consist of trying to make a figurative scene emerge from the randomness of an abstract background. Alternatively, I will sometimes start by painting a subject realistically and then add arbitrary splashes and drips or imagined patterns. My subjects, even though rooted in realism, often display a splash of the unreal, the unexpected or the whimsical. My direct environment has always been my source of inspiration as I would like my art to make you marvel at our world, and its daily simplicity, humour and beauty.
My work has been exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally and I am a signature member of the North West Watercolor society, the San Diego Watercolor society and an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
My paintings have been published in many Art books and magazines. I am currently working on a watercolor instruction book for beginners to be published by North Light/F+W Books at the end of 2014.
I am an active member in my community, as a cofounder of the North Shore Art crawl, a cofounder of a weekly life drawing group and a board member of the North Vancouver Arts Council and have been invited as a juror for public Art, Art grants and juried exhibitions.
I enjoy sharing my love for art through my blog, social media, workshops and classes.

Join me at SoJie 17, Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition…

August 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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September 2013 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 24! / / Lily pads on One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper mounted on board / by Sandrine Pelissier /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 75000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 24. SoJie 24 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s J…
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360 virtual Panorama of the "Exquisite Landscape Exhibition"

Last month I took part in a group exhibition at the Cityscape Art Gallery in North Vancouver ( British Columbia, Canada), the concept was to wrap the whole gallery space with paintings representing the BC landscape connected together that lines that would be part of the composition. / I recreated the exhibition with a 360 interactive panorama that you can see HERE:
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Exquisite Landscape opening in Feb 8 in North Vancouver

I will be part of this group show, if you leave close to North Vancouver please join us, it is going to be an exciting opening with a drawing game of “exquisite cadavers”. / February 8 to March 9, 2013 / Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 7-9pm / Five accomplished artists embarked on an ambitious art experiment. The project is a collaborative panoramic painting that will span t…
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Charlotte, oil dry brush portrait has been nominated for the next SoJie 19!

I am so happy my work has been selected for the next SoJie 19 / MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 19! / / Charlotte, dry brush portrait / by Sandrine Pelissier /   /   / Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected to exhibit in SoJie 19. SoJie 19 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitatio…
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