Chantal Julien, Artist, Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada
Chantal Julien, painting artist - Résumé

Artist statement

A perfect moment in time.

When I look at a landscape, an emotion arises, just waiting to be immortalized. Light, often the first impression to capture my attention, becomes the trigger for the composition. I simplify the shape and use color and light to their expressive qualities, exploring the mysterious land between perceived and felt, between instinct and rationality. I take the vitality and richness of the landscape while concentrating on the emotional context.

I bring nature to the essential: line, shape and color. The contours less defined, leave ample way for the free and spontaneous gestures. The atmospheres created contribute to the feeling of attending a special moment, meditative, where the unspoken is part of the painting.

My paintings reflect my commitment to bring my vision of the Canadian landscape, both by the measurable and the abstract. With my works of modern and contemporary design, I’m looking primarily to produce an atmosphere to create an intense emotional dialogue with the viewer.


Chantal Julien lives and works in Sherbrooke, province of Quebec, Canada. Her interest in the visual arts began early. After 10 years as a physics laboratory technician, she decided to devote herself entirely to painting. Mainly self-taught, she participated in many advanced workshops. She also obtained a certificate in Visual Arts at the University of Sherbrooke.

She has been invited to prestigious symposiums and exhibitions, including Sakai and Kyoto in Japan and at the International Festival of Visual Arts of Monastir in Tunisia.

She received numerous awards and grants and recognition from her peers

  • “Best Oil” at Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, Parrsboro, (NS)
  • 2nd place in the NOAPS Virtual Plein Air Competition, St-Augustine, Florida.
  • The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships (OPA),
  • "Best in Show" in Parrsboro (NS) International Plein Air Festival,
  • Twice the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant.
  • Jury member for international painting exhibition
  • Her works are part of many public and private collections in Canada including Loto-Québec, Canimex, and the city of Sherbrooke, and also in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Tunisia.

    She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), the Coalition of Artists in Visual Arts of Quebec (RAAV), the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), the Oil painters of America (OPA) and The Institut of Representational Art (IAF).

    She is represented in the following galleries: Viva Vida Art Gallery (Pointe-Claire), Fallen Leaf Gallery (Canmore, Alberta), Studio Connexion Gallery (Nakusp, B-C.)



    2017 "Best Oil",at Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, Parrsboro, Nova-Scotia, For my painting "Promises".
    2020 2nd place in the NOAPS Virtual Plein Air Competition, St-Augustine, Florida, for my painting "Southern Marsh".
    2019 Honorable Mention, Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, Nova Scotia, for my painting "Sunrise at Pinky Creek".
    2017 “Best in Show” Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (NS) "View From Back Street Road".
    2016 Radio-Canada Award, Salon des métiers d’art de l’Estrie, Sherbrooke, For my sculpture "Sur une branche perchée".
    2016 Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships”, Oil Painter of America.
    2016 Award at the exhibition of Canadian Society of Artists,Leyton Gallery of Fine Art a St. John's, Terre-Neuve.
    2014 Award of merit, Salon d'automne of the Fine art museum of Mont-Saint-Hilaire.
    2014 2nd award at the Painting Festival, Mascouche.
    2014 Award of merit at the exhibition of Canadian Society of Artists, Salmon Arm, BC.
    2014-2012, 2010, 2007 Finalist at the National painting contest, Baie-St-Paul.
    2012 Finalist in landscape category of the 28th annual contest of Artist’s Magazine
    2014, 2012, 2010, 2007 Finalist, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul.
    2012, 2009, 2004 Mention, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul.
    2011 Distinction from my peers for the quality of my work, Cap-Santé Symposium.
    2009 Member of the jury for the symposium de Waterloo
    2008 1st price, Painting festival, Mascouche
    2002, 1996 Grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
    2004 3rd mention, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul
    2003 Admitted in the Figurative Arts Institute
    2003 1st price, oil,  Symposium St-Germain de Kamouraska
    2001 1st price, L'Internationale de miniatures, St-Nicolas


    2017 Workshop with Mark Boedges, Vermont, USA.
    2012 Workshop with Alvaro Castagnet, Vermont, USA.
    1998 Workshop with Seymour Segal, Saint-Camille
    1997 Water media workshop, with Maxine Masterfield
    1997 - 1994 Certificat in visuals arts, Université de Sherbrooke
    1993-1992 Workshops with Michel Duguay, Pierre Jeanson, René Tardif.

    Solo Exhibitions

    2022 Studio Connexion Gallery, Nakusp, (B.C.)
    2016 Raymond, Chabot Grant, Thornton, Sherbrooke.
    2015 Parallèle, Centre culturel Pierre Gobeil, Sherbrooke.
    2014 Cultures, Mystères et Contrastes, Galerie Artazo, Sherbrooke.
    2012 Ambiance Gallery, Montreal
    2007 Whitin the marsh, Creatio, Magog
    2006 Atmospheres, Gallery ArtAzo, Sherbrooke
    2005, 2002 Gallery Pilar Shephard, Charlottetown, (PEI)
    2005 Gallery Pierre Séguin, Île-Perrot

    Group exhibitions 

    2021 Téléphone Exquis, Université de Sherbrooke.
    2021 NOAPS, Best of America Small Painting Exhibition, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, USA.
    2019 OPA, 28th annual National Juried exhibition, St-George, Utah, USA.
    2019 NOAPS, Best of America Small Painting Exhibition, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA.
    2018 SCA, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary.
    2017 SCA 49th Exhibition, Paper Mill Gallery, Toronto.
    2016 SCA “Be Square" Exhibition, Leyton Gallery, St-John's, Terre-Neuve.
    2015 SCA 47th National Exhibition, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary.
    2015 OPA Salon Show, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL, USA.
    2014 SCA 46th National Exhibition, Salmon Arm, BC.
    2014 IAF Exhibition, Musée Marius Barbeau, Beauce.
    2014-2013 Salon des arts, Sherbrooke.
    2012 Irohani Gallery, Sakai, Japan.
    2012 Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
    2011 Interculturel exchange Japan-Canada, Baie-Saint-Paul.
    2010 Bestiaire, galerie ArtAzo, Sherbrooke.
    2009-2005 L'art de donner, Centre des sciences, Montréal
    2007 10th anniversairy, ArtAzo gallery, Sherbrooke.
    2005 Pilar Shephard gallery, Charlottetown (IPE)
    2005 Les grands noms de l’art figuratif contemporain, Boréart Granby.
    2004 Galerie du Vieux Village, Boucherville
    2002 Creatio, Centre Culturel Y.L.Bombardier, Valcourt
    2002 La Grande Virée Artistique, Sherbrooke. 


    2020 2020, VIRTUAL PIPAF, Parrsboro, NS.
    2019 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canadaigua, NY.
    2019-2017 International Plein Air Festival, Parrsboro, NE.
    2016, 2011 Symposium “Victo et ses oies”, Victoriaville.
    2016-1999 Symposium de L’Anse-St-Jean-Petit-Saguenay.
    2016 Grande virée artistique de Sherbrooke.
    2016 Festival des arts, Georgeville-Fitch-Bay.
    2015-2014, 2009 Symposium de peinture de Baie-Comeau.
    2015-2013 L’accueil des grands peintres, Chersteville.
    2014 Weekend des arts, Port-Daniel.
    2014, 2008 Festival de peinture, Mascouche
    2013 Festival international d’arts plastiques de Monastir, Tunisie.
    2013-2010 Rêves d'automne, Une rue à peindre, Baie-St-Paul.
    2011 Présidente d’honneur, symposium du parc de l’Île Saint-Quentin.
    2011  Symposium riche en couleurs, Cap-Santé.
    2010-2003 Symposium de Danville
    2010 L'art salin, Carleton-Sur-Mer.
    2010 Montebello en peinture.
    2009 Symposium de l'Étang du Nord, Îles-De-La-Madeleine.
    2008 Symposium de la Mauricie, Shawinigan.
    2007 Farandole des arts, Estérelle.
    2007-1996 St-Germain de Kamouraska.

    Jury Member

    2022 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, (PIPAF), NE.
    2022 IAF, Institut des arts figuratifs, new member selection committee.
    2021 SCA, Société des artistes canadiens, selection for virtual international exhibition commitee.


    2019 NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society)
    2017 FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists)
    2014 SCA (Society of Canadian Artists)
    2013 OPA (Oil Painter of America)
    2003 I.A.F (Representational Art Institut)
    2003 R.A.A.V.(Carfac)
    1997-2011 Créatio 


    2020 Article in Art Magazine, Eastern Townships, Winter edition.(pdf, 4Mo)
    2017 Radio-Canada, April 2017 Interview of Chantal Julien.
    2017 Article in Émergence Magazine, ( page 12, May 2017)
    2011 Article in Magazin'art, spring 2011 (pdf,2Mo)
    1996-2012 Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries (Magazin'art)

    Public collections

    Collection Canimex, Drummondville.
    Permanent collection in Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
    Festival de peinture, Mascouche
    Collection Loto-Québec
    City Hall, Ville de Sherbrooke
    Le Groupe Malette Maheux
    Scotia McLeod
    Caisse populaire Desjardins, Coaticook
    Caisse populaire Desjardins du Nord, Sherbrooke