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Question 14: Why do you continue to live in Atlantic Canada instead of moving to an area that affords a larger distribution network for your art?


Well, the question that arises is, Do I really need a larger network? I’ve lived two years in Toronto and two years in Montreal. In Toronto I was less involved in the arts, I was more like a distant participant. While I lived in Montreal, I was really… I had a studio, I worked with friends at a studio, and I was always visiting galleries, going to exhibitions and hanging out with many artists. There are different reasons I suppose. Moncton is not Montreal and neither is Montreal Moncton. I don’t necessarily feel the need… I won’t create a better painting because I’m living in Montreal, at least I don’t think so. When I lived there, this man came to see my work. I had several different paintings, some of them from Moncton and some from my production in Montreal. At some point my work had become sort of dark, there were a lot of really dark tones. So he looked at a Moncton painting and then at the ones I’d done in Montreal, and said: Ah these are really beautiful paintings. I felt I had been influenced by what was happening in Montreal, whether I liked it or not. I feel that it’s dark, this is just my opinion but I feel that in Montreal, they are fascinated with death. It’s all serious and intellectual, and I like to think that I’m that, but at the same time, I like to maintain a zest for life which I find is lacking in the big cities. It’s always a question of accepting it. When I moved to Montreal, they all told me: You have to be here ten years before you’re an artist. I told myself, Well my God, I don’t have ten years to waste to find out what it takes to make it on the front page of La Presse of Montréal. I said to myself, Just too bad. I don’t find that it’s a necessity.