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 Jocelyn comes to The Art Hive from the East Coast of Canada. She joined us at the end of 2020. 

She has just sent us a swack of new artworks, originals and prints. Find out a bit about this wonderful artist from New Brunswick, Canada. 


ARTIST EXPOSE: Jocelyn Bichard


Who are you and what do you do?

I am a maritime artist  living in New Brunswick Canada. I paint mainly Watercolor and Pastel but also do some mixed media.

I paint things I love or that I find inspiring as I wish for others to see the beauty I see.

How do you work?

I usually work in studio from a photo I have taken or a photo that has been taken for artist use. I do also work plein air when the weather allows.

Once I have my drawing or photo transferred to the type of paper or canvas I am working on  I then begin with my painting . I sometimes use a thumb nail sketch to work out my tones but not always.

 I tend to work all over the painting and have it come together as a whole as opposed to some artist I see work on one area at a time. If I am doing watercolour I usually work on more than one to allow drying time. If I am doing an animal of course the eyes come first. I am usually intimidated with backgrounds so I am now trying to do those first.

I used to just pick my colors as I go but now I plan my palate ahead.


What’s your background?

 I did not start painting until later in life as the small area I grew up in did not offer art in school. I have always been interested in art but never attempted anything since I painted Liquid embroidery . (Artex) with my mom when I was in high school. In 1992 I took a few classes for help doing a portrait of my parents for their fiftieth anniversary. I have taken local workshops with both a watercolorist and a pastelist but most instruction has been through books. 


Tenerife Parrot by Jocelyn Bichard

Tenerife Parrot

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

What I believe is integral to an artist is the way they see color!


What role does the artist have in society?

I feel an artist can give society as a whole a fresh way of looking at the world that they have not taken the time to look at something like that. Look outside the box not just in it. Perhaps that was what Picasso was trying to show us!


What has been a seminal experience?

I have been fortunate to have travelled and viewed a lot of art and feel it has inspired me to see the way I do.


Neals Yard London by Jocelyn Bichard

Neals Yard London

Italian Stairway by Jocelyn Bichard

Italian Stairway

What art do you most identify with?

The art I mainly identify with are wildlife artists but I also like landscape so I would say Robert Bateman.

 I love painting animals but I also love flowers!


What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

My strongest childhood memory of art was a young boy who I went to school with who could draw wonderful portraits. I envied him even though he was poor and often picked on by other students. I remember on essay I wrote on War of The Roses and the wounded Knight I drew on the cover page that I was very proud of.


What themes do you pursue?

You will find my work is more realism and is nature based.

Sunflowers by Jocelyn Bichard

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I have been a Registered nurse since 1975 and worked in Corrections from 1981 to 2006 when I went to community nursing. I retired four years ago but still work casual. While working at Saint John Correctional Center I encouraged many talented artists there with they art work and have some of their art. I also did an exhibit called behind the Tracks showing their visual works and poetry.


Why art?

Art is Beauty and Beauty is Art!

My art is often admired but not as often purchased as my prints.


What food, drink, song inspires you?

I love Caribbean music like David Rudder, Bob Marly or most Rasta. I also love Master KG Jerusalema! Love a beat! It goes great with Rum, Pepsi and lime.


Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

I do not find being an artist a lonely life. I have lots of artist friends and often get together to paint with one.


What do you dislike about the art world?

The one thing I do not like about the art world is that certain galleries look down on artists that are not formally trained but often if you ask artists who have gone to college or art school they feel some of their talent or spirit was squashed by attending formal training.


What do you like about your work?

I enjoy doing my art and enjoy when people like it.

Boats on the Bay Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Boats on the Bay Print

Renforth Lighthouse Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Renforth Lighthouse Print

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My best piece of advice I learned in Sunday School. Let your little light Shine!


Professionally, what’s your goal?

My professional goal is to sell more of my art and to influence my grandchildren.


What wouldn’t you do without?

I am finding it difficult to feel inspired with out travelling. There is beauty everywhere but Travel is in my Soul.


What’s your favourite art work?

My favorite paints are Monet’s, The Flowered Garden and   The Water Lily Pond Aka Japanese Bridge.


Irises 2 by Jocelyn Bichard

Irises 2

Pink Peony by Jocelyn Bichard

Pink Peony

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