SAMUEL BOUDREAU

Growing up by the Baie des Chaleurs, in Grande-Anse New Brunswick, Samuel Boudreau has always been in touch with nature.  The clay found by the beach was probably the first medium with which he experimented. One of his first noteworthy interactions with paint was the ceramics he painted as a family hobby with his sister and mother.  In his early years after moving to Caraquet, he started developing an interest for the art of drawing by tracing comics. 

Both art and science became intriguing to him. Who has not tainted onion cells with iodine in science class?  Even though his curriculum would be mainly academic in high school, Samuel learned to use the colour wheel and the basic brush stroke techniques as well as pencil portrait drawing in art classes.

Samuel used black ink for the first time to draw a dragon.  Seeing dragon scales as a mosaic and the contrast of black ink on white paper was a gratifying result albeit its simplicity.  That also led him to practice calligraphy for a short time.  Furthermore, Samuel spent sunny days learning wood burning. 

As a teenager equiped with his own digital ''point and shoot'' camera, Samuel soon established a passion for the macro photography of insects.  Eventually, he would practice flora, fauna and urbain photography as a hobby during his studies at university.  In 2009, after investing in a DSLR camera and an Holga toy camera with films and a fish eye lens, Samuel displayed some of his works on an online gallery of Imagekind.com as the screen name Exprime_toi. 

In 2006, Samuel travelled to Italy which nourrished a deeper admiration for architecture, mural paintings, glassblowing and sculpting.

As a young adult pursuing his B.Science in biochemistry at the University of Moncton from 2006 to 2010, Samuel became a member of Toastmasters International. He also assisted chemistry laboratory teachers as an undergrad student and volunteered with Eureka, preparing laboratory experiments for 4th and 5th grade students in Moncton and Shédiac.  After graduation, he continued laboratory work in Néguac schools and assisted the robotics team during school year 2010-2011. 

In 2010 and 2011,  Samuel also attended circus workshops in Caraquet and Moncton with Atlantic Cirque after which he participated at numerous occasions as a stilt walker in various events like the Festival Acadien de Caraquet and the Festival de cirque de Dieppe with Circus Stella. He attended other stilt walking events including the Christmas parade and Pride parade in Moncton and Dieppe.

Samuel returned to UMoncton to complete a B.Education from 2011 to 2013.  In between semesters, Samuel spent two summers working as a residential and commercial painter as well as plastering renovations with his father who taught him the specific skills.

Samuel experimented with spray painting and started using natural elements like plants as stencils or introducing the rain to create some of the effects in his acrylic paintings.  He quickly filled a big leather suitcase with different paint colours that would be useful during his travels.  He would continue developping his artistic style while working as a teacher in Bedford and Tusket, doing a couple oil paintings in 2013-2014. 

Shortly after moving to Newfoundland in 2014, Samuel spent some time developping a style of tracing portraits with colour pens. From 2014 to 2016, Samuel taught high school courses in Mainland, NL, including advanced math, natural sciences, chemistry, biology, art and music.  During that time, Samuel intergraded watercolour to his own abstract style before returning his focus on acrylic paint with better pigment quality and began applying varnish finishes to his artwork.  Samuel also wrote some poetry and attended the Festival acadien de poésie de Caraquet. 

Since then, Samuel moved to Corner Brook where he made his latest artwork available to the public at the local Wonderful Fine Market and the Corner Brook Craft Fair. He established an online Etsy store as Samuel LePeintre.  As a recent member of LAWN, Samuel was part of the Trails Tales Tunes Festival art exhibition in Norris Point.  Samuel's artwork generally includes the use of vibrant colors in an abstract style.  He often uses unconventionnal techniques and tools to paint and may incorporate objects into his works. 

Some of his influences have been renowned visual artists such as Pierre-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Soulage, Leonardo da Vinci and Banksy.  He is also inspired by the works of fashion designers, architects, designers, musicians, poets, scientists and street performers.  Samuel currently practices mountain biking. He likes to travel and appreciate local and foreign cultures with his girlfriend and two Dobermans.