Hélène Richard
Pictorial Herbarium
May 14 to November 28, 2010
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Hélène Richard
Pictorial Herbarium

May 14 to November 28, 2010

A lush display features wildflowers, which, under the brush of this accomplished artist, have been transformed into luminous, textured works – a veritable ‘bouquet’ of more than 60 dazzling works that will awaken your senses and brighten up your summer!

An artistic journey combining science and nature

After attending the École des beaux-arts de Québec, Hélène Richard continued her training during long stays in the United States and in France. She also took courses in Montreal and Toronto. A three-time Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs scholarship recipient, Hélène was actively involved in the artistic community in her area and was a lecturer in graphic design at Sherbrooke University. She has created numerous prints, wood cuts and etchings. During the past decade, she has focused on an enduring passion – the different species of wildflowers that grow in Quebec, creating many artworks on the subject. 78 of her creations illustrate the book, L’herbier pictural de fleurs sauvages du Québec (Pictorial Herbarium of Quebec Wildflowers), published in December 2009. The artist’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as a number of private and public collections.

A passion for botany

Hélène Richard has been passionate about plants since she was very young. Her talent for creating art around botanical subjects first surfaced during the series Paysages polymorphes (Polymorphic Landscapes) created between 1992 and 2000. The collection featured a variety of trees and other flora and built on her observations of wildflowers that she discovered in the Eastern Townships, the Mauricie region and along the shores of the St. Lawrence River during sailing trips on the waterway.

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