We are proud to announce that we have been featured on the front page of the french magazine L”Action and with an inside full page article.
Below is the English translation of the article by Philippe Thivierge:
Art and Congeniality finds a good home with The Brassards
St. Thomas, is a 15 minute drive south of London, and located there is an Art Gallery with Celtic accents. The exhibits of this studio challenge the imagination and stimulate the desire to create. At Romantic Designs Artist Studio, where owners Sharon and Daniel Brassard produce their art, visitors are invited to view paintings and sculptures of many mediums and learn about these two disciplines.
Like so many people, the Brassards focused their passion for art as a hobby in their spare time. For 20 years, they attended various festivals Celtic and other to exhibit and sell their creations. Their interest in the Celtic culture also led them to be members of an Irish Step Dancing group and to collect Irish and Scottish music. Over the years, there were many who suggested they open their own gallery and Ms. Brassard also suggested to her husband to start exhibiting more of his work to the public.
Then, one day, the opportunity presented itself. After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, it was time for Daniel Brassard and his wife to devote themselves to a more full-time exercise of their talents. Four years ago, the couple opened Romantic Design Artist Studio in St. Thomas, where they also reside.
Daniel, a native of Jonquière (Saguenay), Quebec, focuses mainly on painting and drawing. Sharon, born in Brockville, Eastern Ontario, devotes herself mainly to sculpture. However, this couple is so versatile that both do a little bit of everything; with everything. Using techniques and materials as diverse as polymer clay, acrylic, pastel, ink, textile, photography, glass, paper and other mediums, they make art works that borrow from the world of Sci-Fi, European and Celtic mythology, Japanese folklore, rural life and nature. The use of recycled materials also allows them to add a touch of originality to their steampunk art and collages. The Brassard only do a limited amount of Abstracts, preferring lighter themes to those darker subject matter in order to keep their Art family oriented.
What begins the process of creation? “It can be a form or shape that starts an idea,” said Mr. Brassard, who likes experimenting with repetitive patterns of weaving, typical of Celtic designs. The same goes for his wife who is influenced by what appears when sculpts the face of her figure and it guides her hand for the rest of the sculpture. Their approach is the beautiful part in improvisation, the coming of ideas. The Brassards often work together in their small workshop at the back of their Gallery, making suggestions and recommendations for each other. Whether a commissioned portrait or to give free rein to their imagination, the goal remains generally the same: “We love to evoke feelings in people, happy and dreamlike”, says Daniel Brassard.
The couple met in London and decided to blaze a common path in the heart of Elgin County, a rural area where they sometimes draw inspiration from. They are always taking notes and sketching in a notebook; it never leaves them. They are particularly pleased with their choice of building that houses their Gallery, warm and friendly. Adjacent to the Gallery, is their workshop / classroom where they have been giving classes for groups of people for the past two years. The success of their one day classes for beginner artists cannot be denied. So that their participants do not have to crowd around them when they are instructing, the Brassard use a multimedia system that allows them to demonstrate the detail of their techniques.
In short, Sharon and Daniel Brassard are a busy couple, but they are not complaining! Among those who dream to be artists, few will make the leap. This happy couple, of St. Thomas, had the will and opportunity to follow their passion. They are doing what so many of us can only imagine.