Jacques was born in Montreal in 1961. He started painting by the age of 16 and he was selling paintings within the year. The family moved from Montreal to the Niagara region and Jacques was encouraged to enter his work in juried shows where he placed first and second. Jacques gained acceptance into the Communications and Design department at OCADU to study illustration and eventually switched over to advertising and editorial graphic design programs. Upon graduating with honours Jacques started a career in publishing.
Over the past 25 years, he has worked with clients in Canada’s leading publishing companies and won numerous awards. Jacques has held the title of Art Director at magazines including, City & Country Home, Chatelaine and Canadian House & Home among many others. He is currently the Art Director of International Architecture & Design magazine published in association with Sotheby’s. Throughout his career in publishing Jacques kept up his interest in painting, evolving from figurative to non-objective expression.
“Every painting is an adventure. It begins with an idea for composition and colour that almost invariably develops into something totally different than what was intended. The act of painting or drawing is a constant struggle to capture the image in my mind. I constantly respond to myself while I work. My emotions determine my actions and the colours I choose. I’ll be intrigued by a colour, a shape, or the energy of a brush stroke and abandon my original idea and let these lead me somewhere new. I like to think of these expressions on the surface as emotional moments, sometimes positive and joyous, sometimes dark and mysterious. My hope is to take the viewer on this journey with me.”