Maria Isabel Fleury
Growing up in Venezuela, Fleury was drawn to the arts without any formal fine arts training. As she got older, Fleury became interested in law and she started to pursue a career as lawyer and legal translator. At this time in her life, she wasn’t able to continue her vocation to the arts. It wasn’t until she moved to Oakville five years ago that the Canadian Landscape reignited the artist within her.
Living so close to Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Fleury found herself on her bicycle more often than not, cycling through forest trials and paths. Her family started to travel to many points of Canada, which allowed Fleury to search for more inspiration to implement into her artwork. It’s the power of nature’s evolution through season’s that has encaptivated Fleury. During her travels, Fleury also came across Maya Eventov’s work and felt an immediate connection.
Traces of Eventov’s birch trees can be found in Fleury’s work, specifically with the vibrant colours and use of impasto. What differs is how Fleury has expanded on the birch tree theme. Not only does she provide a fresh approach to the scene of the trees themselves, she incorporates gels, mixed mediums, maple leaves, pencil shavings, and even sand collected from Cancun. She creates intense textures and radiant colours that paints Canada in a lasting way. Her work leaves a strong impression of the natural beauty found in our home.