The Artist

    "Now, more then ever before, it is of the utmost importance to work towards preserving our wildlife and the habitat in which they (we) live."

                                   - Jodie Dansereau

Wildlife Art Magazine

   March/April 2003

Artists for Conservation 2017

  

Born on Canada’s west coast of Vancouver British Columbia, and primarily raised on the prairies of Calgary Alberta, Jodie (Jo) Dansereau was introduced to a wide variety of Canadian wildlife. From a very early age, Dansereau, would depict her encounters using pencil on paper. Later, on her twelfth birthday and after receiving an oil painting set, she would start to depict her natural encounters using oil on canvas.

As a child, Dansereau found a healing peace as she would explore the natural world, feeling more at home out in the woods or prairie lands than in her own home. Being outdoors and around wildlife was something that she was compelled to do.  Dansereau’s father, being a stock-man, was a huge inspiration in the artist’s love with wildlife and the outdoors.

 

Wildlife artist Jo Dansereau has donated many of her limited edition art reproductions to organizations such as Duck’s Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Operation Burrowing Owl and the Alberta Wilderness Association. These art prints were auctioned at special events and dinners to raise funding for the continuation of these vital environmental organizations.  As well, Dansereau has volunteered countless hours at the Cochrane Ecological Society, which is known for their Swift Fox recovery program. It was here that Dansereau was inspired to create the Canadian Wildlife – Endangered Series. The ‘cat like’ foxes captivated the artist, compelling her to do more for these and other endangered species.  Thus resulted in the first of the series depicting a Swift Fox against a Chinook sky, representing the province of Alberta in her Series.

 

Through the years Dansereau has studied with biologists and wildlife reservists to develop an accurate sense of each animal and their surroundings. One such experience was working with a biologist at the Birds of Prey Rescue Center in Coaldale Alberta. Using a blind and a few techniques suggested by the biologist, Dansereau was able to photograph and study a family of burrowing owls. “It was quite an incredible experience, being able to have a glimpse into their world and how they relate to one another.” This experience was used to create the second painting in Dansereau’s series, ‘Winds of Change – Burrowing Owl Family.’ Representing the province of Saskatchewan for her Canadian Wildlife – Endangered Series.

 

Due to a family tragedy, Dansereau was unable to paint for more than ten years. However, in the of spring 2013 Dansereau met with internationally accliamed wildlife artist Terry Isaac. Through a couple of workshops and some very encouraging words, Dansereau has once again picked up the paintbrush and has entered back into the world of art.  “Terry was very encouraging to me, his words gave me a whole new sense of hope and inspiration.’ Dansereau intends to finish the series that came to an abrupt halt many years ago. “Tragedy can sometimes engulf your entire being, paralyzing your soul and leaving you with an empty void. I am on my way back, and I am going to continue to work very hard everyday, to be an overcomer.”

 

Works Exhibited In:

   

    Armstrong-Spallumcheen Art Gallery, Armstrong BC

    Candian Western Natural Gas, Caroline Alberta

    The Western Heritage Mueseum, Cochrane Alberta

    Pacific International Securities, Calgary Alberta

    High Country Gallery, Cochrane Alberta

    Editions Gallery, Bragg Creek Alberta

    Arlington Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask

   Northern Lights Gallery, Prince Albert, Sask

 

Works Accepted Into Juried Exhibitions:

  Artist's For Conservation Annual Exhibit 2017

   Lake Country Art Walk 2017

   Lake Country Art Walk 2015

   Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, 2003

   Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, 2003

 

Publications:

   

    Artist's For Conservation Exhibition Book 2017

    Wildlife Art Magazine, Mar/Apr edition, 2003

    The Scrawl of the Wild, April 2003

    

Memberships:

   Artist's for Conservation Signature Member 2017

    Lake Country Art Gallery 2014 to present

    Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association, 2014

    

                                       

 Jo can be reached at

Jodie Dansereau Art Studio 

9362 Mountview Rd Lake Country BC V4V 1M5

(250) 766 4626

 

 

     

© 2023 by Jodie Dansereau

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