Tellier, Josée

I know that I have succeeded when I see visitors looking with amazement at my works with the stained glass. They are WOWED and their amazement is child-like.

 I had a career as a violinist for an orchestra until some health problems following a bicycle accident forced me to put my violin away. From that day on, I came back to my first love.

     Indeed, when I was very young, I had an aunt who lived with a professional artist, Marie-Suzanne Samson. When my parents would take me to visit, my eyes were full of wonder as I watched this artist at work. When the occasion presented itself, I would bring my own drawings to show her. This is the first advice that I received in the art world. Can you imagine a nicer gift for my sixth birthday than receiving a canvas created just for me? While in secondary school, I studied the visual arts as well as pursuing my violin studies at the Conservatory. I had to make a wrenching choice when it came time to pick a career. I graduated from McGill with a degree in interpretation with distinction and I worked with professional symphony orchestras. But, something was missing.......

    In 2005, I took my first courses from Madame Marcelle Simard-Dupuis and later from Madame Ursula Kohfah-Lampron. After 30 years with orchestras, I had lost some of the initial wonderment, the WOW factor that one experiences when interpreting a symphony for the first time, the same WOW that was in my gut when I used to watch Marie-Suzanne paint. This is the reason that I decided to take that famous first art course. I would leave for Place des Arts with my tubes of paint and my violin. I was wearing two hats at once. As you can see, my accident happily forced me to follow a new career path.

     The execution of each canvas now becomes a WOW! The colours and the light bring out the child in me somewhat like when my father would take us out to stroll the streets right before Christmas. The mysterious colours, the lights emanating from the houses explain without a doubt my attraction to the heritage of our buildings. Furthermore, the fact that my father studied architecture and drew up the plans for our homes has influenced me to do the same. I know that I have succeeded when I see visitors looking with amazement at my works with the stained glass. They are WOWED and their amazement is child-like. This new technique of putting stained glass in my works has brought me alot of recognition (as well as raves from the Public) and these works are now parts of private and public collections. Seeing the surprised and enthralled reaction of the public only adds to my own creativity and fills me with wonderous ideas regarding the use of colour and texture.


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Tellier, Josée