Artist Statement: PILLOW TALK is the story of extraordinary women and men I met while doing an artist residency at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre during the winter months of 2019. It is about our shared conversations, laughs and meals together. It is about connections made and still present to this day. The handmade pillowcases at the Inn where I stayed were the starting point for my designs; then came the feel of the place, the distinctive colour palette used throughout the house. PILLOW TALK is about cherished moments shared together.
Artist Biography: Born in Montreal, QC, Lucie Quintal, textile and fibre artist, calls Point La Nim in the province of New Brunswick home. On the northern shore, she lives in a quiet rural setting with her husband, Bernard Quintal, a watercolour artist.
With studies and a background in education, Lucie taught at the primary school level and offered classes in sewing and quilt making to students and adults. She spent several years as a medical assistant before devoting herself full-time to her work as a professional artist.
Lucie has been creating and exhibiting her original hand hooked works since 2015 but her work in textile and fibre arts has seen a long career of work and teaching over the past 50 years. A member of several professional juried groups, notably, FAN (NB Fibre Art Network) and the AAAPNB (Association Acadienne des artistes professionnels du Nouveau-Brunswick), her work is held in private and public collections across Canada.
Her work is inspired by her memories of childhood landscapes and the local environment surrounding her home. The handwork of her original designs created with exceptional wool and fabrics of juxtaposed loops are one-of-a-kind treasures. The balance of the neutral background shades and colourful floral and circular designs speak volumes about her exuberant and sparkling personality.
The spaces and walls inhabited by the works of Lucie Quintal exude a welcome glow. She transmits her caring and warmth through the loops of her hand-hooked art.
“Keep up all your beautiful creativity, it abounds in you!” – Deanne Fitzpatrick