When art makes you smile
SAINT-LAZARE, QC | MARS 2022
Jacinthe Rivard had been selling her paintings on the Dailypaintworks.com website for about ten years when she was discovered by an agent a few years ago. Today, we can find this artist’s collection in several galleries in Canada and the United States, and her order book is only filling up !
“ It was just before the start of the pandemic that all of this went away. My agent discovered me on social media, and she brought me to Florida for Miami Art Week. It went well. From there, the galleries started to contact me, and it has not faded since ”, she underlines.
Initially painting portraits and animals, it was reproducing Coca-Cola bottles that she discovered her vein. “ I realized that people loved it, so over time, I was trying something harder each time.”
Jacinthe Rivard’s paintings realistically represent all kinds of everyday objects, whether it’s a telephone, sliced bread, a jar of peanut butter, a box of May West, or even Playboy magazines! Some may evoke nostalgia or crack a smile.
“ I want to create a surprise effect when they see these things in paint. I want to shock people, not negatively, but kindly. I don’t want them to walk past my paintings without reacting. Putting a smile on their faces is what I like the most is when they see them. It is happiness. ”
Jacinthe Rivard paints in oil, which allows her to seek depth, unlike acrylic. “ I don’t paint in layers; I go color by color, one next to the other. I don’t see the point of three layers. I love to reproduce in my mixtures the colors that I see. I can imagine what mix is needed to recreate them. ”
Currently, four galleries represent her. Those are in Vancouver, Michigan, Texas, and Massachusetts. The Maison Samantha Vince design in Hudson, Quebec, also exhibits the artist’s paintings. In addition, she participates in a few artistic events each year, notably in New York and Miami.
“ The first time I went to Miami, I didn’t realize before how big it could be. I had almost sold everything; you do not expect that. Every time my paintings sell, it makes me super proud. People use the money they earned to buy your paintings, and it’s not anything. ”
From virtual to real
The beginnings of Jacinthe Rivard as an artist-painter are rather particular. They are so unusual that the artist admits not talking about them often! Like many, she has been drawing and painting for pleasure since childhood. She also studied fashion design. However, an online game convinced her to try her hand at being an artist.
“ I was participating in a virtual role-playing game called Smallworld. You create your avatar, build your house, and carry out missions. You can choose to be whatever you want, like deciding to be an artist. I made paintings that other people could buy with in-game money to hang in their fake houses. I had to stop at some point because I had too many pending requests ! ”
This enthusiasm nevertheless convinced her to try herself “for real”. She discovered the Dailypaintworks.com website, where she started selling her paintings. Several years later, she says she is still as passionate about what she does !