About Art Interview with Carolyn Vienneau

Carolyn Vienneau is an accomplished artist and active member of the Truro Art Society. She has been in the art world for the past forty years and has been passing on her skills and knowledge to others for over 30 years. Throughout the years, she has attended many workshop-seminars by various well-known artists and authors. These workshops have broadened her experience with oil, acrylic and watercolour mediums and increased her knowledge in various techniques. She has passed these techniques onto students in classes she gives throughout the year in her basement studio, Strokes of Colour.

Vienneau’s heritage of a sea family and the nature of the port Town of Pictou is shown in her art with depictions of nature and of her surroundings boldly displayed on canvass. Many of the scenes are studies in techniques and all are very soothing to the eye. Her artworks have been sold to as far away places as Western Canada and Australia and can be found in art galleries throughout Nova Scotia.

In recent years Carolyn has broadened her artistic talents to include fused glass ornaments, sun-catchers, jewelry and wall displays to a fridge. Because there is no real control over how the items react in the kiln, each and every one is a unique creation so that no two are exactly alike. She also makes personal jewelry such as pendants and earrings.

What role does the artist have in society?

To nurture and share our passion and love of art with others.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

A real-life situation that inspired me the most was an Art Adventure in the South of France in 2016, where a group of 13 artists painted pleine-air in a different location every day. I went as a teacher assistant. Two of us, who went to France together, put on an exhibit in two locations. We called them The French Connection and they showcased our body of work based on our trip.

How did you start making art? Why do you make art?

I was very creative from a very early age, I was the one that always set the stage for any activities that we did as children. I make art because it is a need inside me that draws me to my easel. If I am too long away from it, it becomes a craving that can’t be denied.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I was the artist that was chosen to be in the documentary called “Sketches of our Town” which aired for 10 years on national television with veteran producer Harvey Kirk.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

An artistic outlook on life is a quest for new knowledge, a never ending learning curve to art that is a driving force for creativity, new techniques to stimulate your creative senses and a willingness to embrace new methods that constantly pushes you to explore and then translate it to a piece of art letting your intuition guide you.

How can we find out more about your work?

I invite everyone to view my creations at my studio, Strokes of Colour, located at 8 Irving Street in Pictou. You can visit by appointment or by chance. I can be contacted by phone at 902-485-5005 or by email artsylady@gmail.com. I also offer classes to all those interested in taking up art as a pastime or a hobby.

You can find more information by going to my website carolynvienneau.com


Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.