Noémie L. Côté

Looking at a piece by Noemie L. Cote you are at once hit by the sugar-pop of colour that reimagines the landscapes she brings to life on canvas. It’s hard not to be swept along in the bounce of her impasto painted strokes and moved by the sheer joy that emanates from her work.

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Noemie L. Cote

Noémie specializes in vibrant open-impressionist landscapes that capture the essence of a scene, breathes new life into it and leaves the observer uplifted. It’s as if her mind were a prism that takes in the white light that she sees and disperses the component colours on the rolling hills or through the branches of a tree. This gives her work the quality of blown glass where colours play off each other and come together as a whole to define the feeling of a scene.

Noémie’s love of nature was ignited by her early years living in Africa. As a french speaking 9-year-old thrust into an english speaking culture, she spent a lot of time observing and taking in the beauty surrounding her. She studied the delicate shades of rose bushes, the large Acadia gum tree in her backyard, the firey red and orange sunsets, the beautiful people and exotic wildlife. Her initial painting lessons were taught by one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated painters. 

Returning to Canada at the age of 13, she fell in love with the ever-changing seasons, the contrast of lush vibrant colours, and the stillness of snowy scenes. Forging her emerging talent, she auditioned for the prestigious visual arts program at Canterbury Arts High School winning a four  year scholarship. Noemie thrived in this intensive art program and graduated with honours. Knowing that art was a cornerstone to her professional satisfaction, she translated her art into a celebrated 23 year career in graphic design. 

Not content to limit her creative expression to graphic design, Noemie continued to develop her proficiency in sculpture, life drawing and oil painting parallel to her career. From this 23 year exploration of artistic form the most true expression of her artistry and herself emerged into open-impressionist landscape painting. 

In contrast to the chaos and harshness of daily life, Noemie finds solace in bringing nature’s soothing, grounding and effortless beauty to canvas. These days you can find her, hair wildly blowing, plein-air painting on the boardwalk of mer bleue bog, snapping pictures in her sneakers of the morning light falling across the treed hills of Gatineau Park, or capturing the straight rows of grapevines contrasted with the wild flowers of Leystone Vineyard, where she is an artist in residence.