Artist biography for André Dubois
Swiss-born artist André Dubois paints animals and landscapes using watercolours and acrylics. He is a member of the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association (RLAA), and works from his home-based studio on Whitefish Lake, part of the Rideau Canal waterway—a UNESCO World Heritage site - and part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere.
André’s works are inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of the Rideau Lakes region. The Rideau waterway, which links Kingston and Ottawa, is composed of 16 lakes, two rivers and a dam, joined by 47 locks. There is an abundance of wildlife in its wetlands and reed-choked shorelines, a great source of inspiration for outdoor painters.
Although he has always appreciated and collected works of art, André did not take up painting until he retired from the Canadian Federal Public Service. He is largely self-taught, and finds painting very enjoyable and wonderfully relaxing. What started as a retirement hobby has grown into a daily passion. André is really coming into his own as a wildlife painter, and as well as pursuing photography and videography.
Andre continues to study fine art with various painting methods. He is experiments with trompe-l’oeil techniques in his works. Trompe-l’oeil (visual deception) features recognizable imagery in an unusual perspective, creating the illusion that the depicted object is part of a larger setting. Andre also enjoys adding whimsy compositions to his paintings as his personal way of offering new twists on traditional art. His works combine good observation with the freedom of imagination thus creating engaging work.
Andre is also very much involved in dog therapy. His beloved Welsh Springer spaniel became a therapy dog with St John Ambulance a few years ago. Rufus and Andre visit hospitals, long term care facilities, schools and other places where people welcome interaction with a friendly canine.
Andre’s other interests:
Cdn Ski Instructor Alliance - Instructor
Cdn Ski Patrol - Patroller
Canadian Power & Sail squadrons - Past District Commander, Rideau District
Ontario Beekeeper’s Association - member
Ottawa Valley Swiss Club - member
Dog Therapy and 'Paws4Reading' - team handler