Artist Jeanette Fournier creates captivating watercolors and drawings of wildlife, bringing them to life with meticulous attention to detail. Enjoy more of her art by visiting her website.
I’ve been drawing and creating art since early childhood, as far back as I can remember. People often ask me where I studied or received my training. Truthfully, my early teachers were N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Frederic Remington, Frank Frazetta and Beatrix Potter to name just a few; however, they never knew this and never knew me.
I say they taught me because I spent much of my free time copying and drawing anything I could get my hands on from calendars, illustrated story and art books to magazines and comic books. I was also fortunate to have an excellent high school art teacher, who provided a solid foundation of well-rounded study. She was a very strong and lasting influence on me, and I remain grateful to her for putting me on this path in life.
I am essentially a self-taught artist with a self-directed interest in learning and developing my skills in my chosen mediums of watercolor paint and graphite drawing.
My illustrative method of watercolor painting gives my artwork a unique look that stands out from traditional watercolors and has become a hallmark of my art, making it readily identifiable to the buyers and collectors of my work.
My detailed drawings reflect a similarity to the storybook artwork of my early years with a focus on close-up renderings of a subject with only a little in the way of surroundings or background details. This style has also made my art readily adaptable for art licensing in the commercial art world, providing opportunities to expand my art to a broader audience.
Living in the rugged northern mountain regions of New Hampshire and Vermont has been a strong influence on me and became a natural extension as the focus of my art. My paintings of animals, birds and nature come from a passion for and love of the natural world in which I grew up. This passion has also extended to other wild places where I have lived and explored over the years.
Because I choose to paint wildlife and nature, I make frequent trips out in the field to observe, sketch and photograph the subjects of my art.
This is where the inspiration comes from and what I draw from for creating my paintings, which I hope will inspire people to stay connected to our wild spaces. I want my artwork to remind people of the importance of saving the natural places around us as well as the importance of being a part of them.
Another source of inspiration comes from the many stories people have told me over the years about an affinity for or a symbolic view they have for a specific animal or bird. There is a wealth of folklore and myth surrounding animals and birds in many cultures.
People have revered nature for thousands of years. Continuing this ancient tradition of creating animal and bird artwork is my way of honoring our innate and spiritual connection with the natural world.
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