Isabelle Truchon: “Being an Artist Is the Most Noble of Professions”

Artist name: Isabelle Truchon

Featured Work 1: painting from the “Breaking Through” series


Isabelle Truchon uses her deft rendering and painting skills to capture explorations of the natural world, particularity among horses, as of late. She sensitively conveys their weight, agility, beauty and mystery in pale earth tones that haunt and invite. A self-defined Transcendentalist, her body of work ranges from piercingly realistic to expressive to abstract, and also includes the creation of striking multi-media sculptures.

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

Art is a conversation; both between the creator and his creation, and the viewer and the art work.
Art is healing, it lets us escape, it opens our minds, hearts, and spirits. The act of creating something from deep within is humbling and sacred all at once.
When we study past cultures, it is through art that historians can piece together the story of how civilizations lived. For this reason, I think being an artist is the most noble of professions. Always, it is art that remains, after all else is gone.

2. What did you make in the past, and why?

I was a decorative artist for 15 years prior to focusing on painting and drawing.  I painted frescoes, murals, and decorative surfaces for residences, restaurants, and commercial establishments. The paintings I created then were mostly commission pieces for my clients.

3. What are you making now, and why?

I paint what moves me and what I feel I need to express.  I consider myself a Transcendentalist, and draw on nature, relationships and intuition for inspiration.  My subjects revolve around trees, equines, vines, birds, and flora.  All of which in one way or another are either autobiographical, tied to relationships, or linked to a life experience.

I am currently working on a series of 50 paintings of the Camargue wild horses in charcoal, India ink and gesso.  Another collection I started a few months ago incorporates organic materials such as hoof trimmings, cold wax, bark and branches.

I rarely do commissions anymore…they stifle me.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

I want to continue to work, produce, and touch people with my art. I hope for world peace, respect for our planet, and love for animals and humankind everywhere. My art is directly related to these themes.

5. What else would you like to say?

I have 2 sons who are both artists. One a songwriter, musician, and vocalist, the other a filmmaker, musician, performer, and haberdasher. Growing up, I instilled love of the arts in my children. Today, though they may struggle, they are both beautiful human beings with a deep sensitivity to life and others, and I am one proud mother. The world needs more artists. Don’t ever be swayed by foregoing your artistic nature for financial gain elsewhere. Fulfilling experiences are what make one rich. Be what you were meant to be, the money will come… eventually.

Artist Supplied Background:

Isabelle Truchon has been an artist and lover of the arts her entire life. She spent her early years as an actor in her hometown of Montreal, and eventually New York, and Los Angeles. She settled in Northern California where she raised her two sons (now both artists), and continued to practice art as a decorative and visual artist. In Sacramento, she founded a decorative art school. She worked with architects and designers in the creation of frescoes, custom finishes, applications for restaurants, residences, and commercial establishments in San Francisco, and the bay area. In 2009, Truchon, crossed the country to Northern Virginia to share a life with her partner, winemaker, Sebastien Marquet. Though she had been painting for over a decade, once here, she chose to focus on her work as a painter. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from The Contemporary Art Department of Shepherd University in 2012, and immediately exhibited her collections locally in Middleburg, and other venues in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Isabelle informs her work by practicing yoga, meditating, journaling, riding, exploring nature, and collecting bones, and other artifacts. She spends much time in her spiritual home of Northern California, enjoying wine country, and producing music albums with her musician sons.

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