Artist member since 2020
Though her artistic journey began when she was a young girl, Emma Ducharme’s career as a practicing artist never truly began until her junior year of high school. In 2016, with her first juried art exhibition in Sudbury Ontario, Emma acquired a desire for a deeper involvement in the art world and subsequently followed this into her post secondary studies. Currently a fourth year Thesis student at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Emma is enrolled in the drawing and painting program in the pursuit of her Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Her work explores many themes, often in relation to nature, femininity, and memory. She works primarily in oil paints, usually utilizing wood as a surface rather than canvas for its rigidity and tangibility. Emma also occasionally works with acrylic paints, and has an interest in textiles, plastics, and ceramics that she hopes to further an appreciation and understanding of in the future.
Now based out of Toronto Ontario, Emma hopes to fully immerse herself within the ever expanding, always vibrant art community the city has to offer.
How long have you been creating art?
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. My mother was a painter and some of my fondest memories are from when I was young and she would encourage me to paint along with her.
Though I primarily work in oil paints on wooden panels, I also have an affinity for using unconventional substrates and sourcing recycled materials in a lot of my paintings and other creative endeavours. Because of this free flowing materiality, I also greatly enjoy experimenting with other mediums and materials. Among other things, I enjoy working with acrylic paints, glass and mirrors, textiles, plastics, various sculpture materials, as well as ceramics.
When did you start making art, and why?
Though I've been a creative at heart since I was very young, I started making art with a defined sense of purpose only about 5 years ago. It happened somewhat by accident; I was urged to take a visual arts class in my junior year and I immediately rediscovered my longstanding passion for creating.
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