ARTIST Odette Laroche

A portrait shot of Odette Laroche,

Innate sense of design and colour has always drawn me to oil painting. Although mostly self taught in the fall 1999 I found myself on Vancouver Island and enrolled at Victoria College of Art. This was an enlightening experience resulting in freedom of expression.

The images are alive with movement and dramatic lighting dancing on the forms as they shimmer with the change of light from break of day to lights out.

Intuitive painting gives me the freedom to express with marks and ideas that are fresh at that moment. Composition and dramatic lighting whether present in a real vista or reconstructed for appeal and emotional response add to the drama. Colours that meld together and excite each other mix optically creating new hues. Palette knife marks give the illusion of depth within the paint. Imagery from nature’s visual clues etched in memory. Siphoned imagery strengthens intuitive, spontaneous painting sometimes pushed to the edge of realism and abstract.

​Passion is provoked in me by nature’s various, sometimes violent, cloud displays, portrayed through hues, shapes, intensity, and mark making evidenced in the scenes displayed by nature’s daily dramas. Nature displays her rugged beauty textures and colour.

Picture, Still Life, and Figurative paintings are just another landscape. I find that figure painting, whether it is a dancer in front of me or a posing model, is very gratifying. Facial studies reach deep into the soul and psychology of the subject. People’s faces are like a novel and sometimes give away the path taken while mysteriously keeping secrets. Expressions, mannerisms, authoritative presence, compassionate kindness, innocence, youth and wisdom with age depict the journey.

Impressionism and Post Impressionism is not necessarily the goal but rather a result of the painting process. keep a studio so that I can teach and share art with aspiring artists. It is rewarding to see the growth. Although I show a few of my paintings in the studio, it has become a popular gathering place for artists, students and friends alike.

Self taught in oils since youth
Victoria College of Art class of 2002
Federation of Canadian Artists
Oil Painters of America
Art teacher and mentor in my studio
Saanich Peninsula Arts and Craft Society


Annual Sidney Fine Art Show
Sooke Fine Art Show
Federation of Canadian Artists/Vancouver/Victoria BC
Coast Collective Gallery
Moss Street Paint In

The Beginning


Odette was born in 19XX, in …


Odette fell in love with art at the age of …


Odette went to post-secondary school to begin…


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