Thérèse Frère, visual artist

Thérèse Frère (neé Brochu) is a woman with a passion for art. With a career spanning more than 25 years, her artistic scope is most impressive.

A native of Beauce county, Thérèse demonstrated at an early age her artistic talents. In 1945, while attending the Ecole Normale Laval de Québec, she received first prize in visual arts.
As a young teacher, she took charge of a rural school in Beauce, and subsequently in Charlesbourg. Thérèse then relocated to Toronto in order to learn English and help satisfy her sense of adventure. After then moving to Ottawa, she met and married Robert with whom she had six children. Widowed at forty-two, she dedicated her life to raising her young family, and it is not until 1974 that she is able begin painting once more. Ferme a St Pascal
She enrolled in the Ottawa School of Art, and in 1981 is able to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her interest in other media led her to study watercolour with Jean-Paul Ladouceur. While studying with Jeneane Lunn and Alan Lachman, she discovers her true voice in the form of dry pastels. The spontaneity and instantaneous results of pastels allow her to truly express the music of her art.

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Her passion and energy allow her to produce works for over fifty individual and collective art shows since 1981.

Many of her works have long been presented in many of the region's galleries, both in Ontario and Québec. Over the course of many years, her home has become both her studio and gallery. A simple phone call is all that is needed to be immediately invited to admire her ever-changing collection. Her spontaneous spirit, along with her facility with pastels, allows new works to be continually added.

Always contributing to her community, Thérèse has held posts such as chair of the committee for the architectural preservation of Vanier and member of the Vanier mural committee, a highly publicized project.

Since 1981, Thérèse has been honoured on a number of occasions by various groups and associations including the "Institut canadien-français d'Ottawa", the "Ottawa Art Association", the "National Association of Canadian Pastellists", and the "Association des enseignants et enseignantes franco-ontariens". After an extensive exhibition representing the Outaouais region, she was also honoured by the "Service de la culture de la ville de Hull".
Many of her works have also been selected for the covers a number of books, school texts, poetry collections and literary creations.
Thérèse Frère has chosen for her mission to interpret nature and to communicate its beauty while immortalizing our heritage. Her works participate in a number of international private collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.

Thérèse enjoys transmitting her love of art and communicating her vision by participating in a number of lectures and workshops. The following pages will provide you with an example of her passion.

Please click on the link at right to see just an example of some of her work.


Thérèse has travelled extensively in the Outaouais region but has also fallen in love with the rugged coastlines and villages of Newfoundland.  Please follow the link on the right to see some of her recent works from her more than five trips there.