“ A work of art is like music; it is a journey through emotion. What matters in the end is how you felt. "- Monique Boudreau
This original artist, born in the 60s, grew up in Montreal. Her talent was noticed at an early age and she was called upon to flesh out banners and cover pages for publications of various events, both in primary and high school.
Despite her desire to develop this spark that shines in her, it was at the insistence of her parents that she studied marketing at Cegep Rosemont. With this diploma, she has had various companies over the years, but this little flame never died. While juggling her life as an entrepreneur and as a mom, she follows various artistic trainings. In her thirties, it was in a workshop that she learned how to mix colors and began her first oil paintings. A few years later, Raymond Létourneau also marked her journey with living models workshops of. The fast modifying pausesof the models shakes the artist to learn how to execute charcoal sketches more quickly.
It is towards the end of her forties that she takes the bull by the horns and returns to school. She enrolled at the Academy of Arts and Design of Montreal (AADMTL) and takes an intensive class in interior architectural design. She has excellent grades, but she also has a revelation that will put an end to this new motion; “I just want to be an artist and create”.
After some research, her choice lands on René Milone. His tutorials exploring different techniques and his versatile knowledge with various mediums, make him the ideal teacher. While following his workshops, Monique extends her training with other talented artists such as Antoine Bittar - impressionist painter, Marie-Andrée Couture - collagist painting artist and Martine Letourneau - sculptor.
Her first exhibition takes place at Atelier René Milone in June 2013. It's followed by the exhibition “Le salon des Arts Visuels de Brossard” in April 2015 and then at the “Plaisir d'Artistes de Montréal” in May 2015. She wins a "Mention of Excellence" from the jury in 2016 for the international Césure competition. It did not take more then this to give her wings and since then, she goes from one exhibiting to the next every year and participating in competitions. In 2020, she has her first symposium and, in order to propel her career, her last training is on entrepreneurship for the visual arts, given by the Quebec Ministry of Education through Zoom Academy from which she graduated in spring 2020.
Overlapping the two concepts, her art carries a powerful environmental and psychological message. Mixed techniques are often used to clarify what she wants to express.
She has the privilege of working from her workshop in her home located on the South Shore of Montreal. Living fully and taking time for her family and friends, her days are mainly filled by her art. She wishes to touch the hearts of people, awaking them while amazing them.