Covered in Paint: An Interview with Patricia Methot
Creativity is something that’s in all of us, just in varying degrees. Some people get to work in a creative industry and use their right brain all day every day. Others only get the chance to embrace their creative side outside of the nine-to-five, in their free time. We recently sat down with Montreal artist Patricia Methot to get a sneak peek into her mind, studio and closet. In her own words, she tells us about her inspiration to paint and her life as full-time professional and part-time artist.
Who is Patricia Méthot?
It sounds like a really serious name, doesn’t it? Patricia Méthot is a creative individual, passionate about human relationships, be it between each other or with their own environment. She is an emotional person, she is a dreamer, she hopes for a peaceful world and she believes that optimism is power. Patricia takes risks (sometimes… maybe too often) and believes that you can always find something good in everything.
Tell us about your artwork.
My art embodies my interpretation of daily ephemeral moments. In other words, it’s the result of stories of all kinds – stories behind people, places and relationships. Each of us sees the world differently after experiencing moments that highlight our lives. I translate all those thoughts through my painting. By combining colours and experimenting with different techniques, I create pieces that are playful and organic. I perceive my artwork as an intuitive reaction to everyday life, a way to escape the constrictions of an organized reality.
When did you first start painting?
It’s like asking me when I started walking or swimming. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been painting, drawing or creating things with my hands. I remember when I was little; I wasn’t into TV or video games like most other kids. I’d be making a mess with all my crayons, gouache, watercolors and collages of all types. My grandmother and my mother also were artists; I guess it was just a natural part of my childhood. In my early twenties, I decided to focus my art towards painting. A few years later, in 2013 to be precise, I decided to officially launch my website and social media accounts.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything inspires me; we are faced with so many messages and images; every day something affects me. My art is a reflection of my daily life; it’s a response to my relationship with others and a translation of my thoughts. But I’ve notice that seasons have a very big effect on my mood.
How would you describe your artwork in 3 words?
Playful, organic, emotional.
What mediums do you work with?
Mainly acrylic paint. Sometimes I’ll add collages by photography transfer.
Did you study to be an artist?
I studied Visual Arts at Cégep de l’Outaouais and then I left my hometown for the great city of Montreal. I was torn between my two passions, art and fashion, so I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Marketing at l’École supérieure de mode de Montréal. I wish I had continued studying art but at the time, I wanted to learn more about the fashion industry.
How do you balance being an artist as well as working full-time?
Not very well! I feel I’m not painting and creating enough. It’s challenging to pursue your passion in parallel with your day-to-day life. But I always find some time to disconnect from my working life and dedicate time for painting. In a way, my art is a form of therapy; it’s the way I decompress from the stressful, standard and constrictive world we live in.
Where do you paint?
I’ve dedicated an area in my apartment just for that. I specifically chose that apartment for its big windows and the bright afternoon sunlight.
Do you listen to music while you paint? If so, what?
Always! Music really affects my mood and guides my moments. Music is poetic in so many ways. It’s definitely part of my art process. When I’m in a romantic or dramatic mood, I’m a big fan of folk indie and alternative rock; Bon Iver, Radiohead, Lapsley, Honne, St.Lucia, Chet Faker, and the list goes on. When I’m in a fun and happy mood, I listen to indie pop or electronic music; and when that happens, you might catch me dancing on my own while painting.
What is your favourite piece?
Well I love them all, but lately I’ve been creating some abstract flowers that I really like. This phase is very positive for me; I’m creating those big blooming flowers in bright colors. I’m at a place where I feel something very powerful is happening.
Who are your favourite artists?
This is such a hard question; there are so many artists that I love, from street artists to designers to illustrators so it’s really difficult to say that I have a favorite. In terms of well-known painters, I really appreciate Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso’s work. I’ve studied their work and I think they’re geniuses. In terms of contemporary artists, I have always been impressed by French artist Orlan; her work and narrative on the body being art is very interesting. As for emerging artists, I follow the work of Olivia Charmain; she has evolved a great deal in the past 8 years and it’s very interesting to observe her path. And last but not least, Heather Day; lately I’ve been intrigued by her work. I feel we have a similar art process and I love the way nature is translated in her abstract pieces.
How would you describe your personal style?
I fall in love with statement pieces; otherwise, I like to tone it down. I don’t have a very colorful style; black, grey and white are my best friends. I also like to include vintage-inspired cuts and texture to my outfits.
What are you most proud of?
Being a strong independent woman.
What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
I would say to her that everything is temporary; love, happiness, success, knowledge, dreams….I would say stop caring so much about what others think, be wreckless, be curious, be adventurous and, sometimes, you need to let good things go to discover greater things (if that makes sense).