Louise Cloutier adopted Nova Scotia as her home province in 1989. Educated in Quebec, she earned her BFA from Concordia and received a Teaching Diploma from McGill. She taught art at PDHS for 25 of her 35-year teaching career, receiving both a national and provincial award for teaching excellence. Upon her retirement, she opened ArtQuarters, a seasonal studio classroom where she offers art instruction to adults. She is a member of The Pugwash Artist Collective and has served on the Board of Directors for Visual Arts NS. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous group, juried, and solo shows and have also been featured in several publications, including a book of poetry, Shredding Plywood, by Richard Dittami.
“I’m drawn to subject matter that communicates a story. As my relationship with the image evolves, I look beyond physical realism for emotional and symbolic content to flesh out the narrative. My internal musings are manifested in my use of intensified colours or the juxtaposition of unexpected shapes and forms in familiar settings. These elements serve to create underlying currents of mystery and tension that heighten awareness of time, place, and human connection.”