SCUGOG: Port Perry resident Jeff Bardeau uses his imagination to create unique acrylic paintings and woodwork art pieces.
“I’ve been doing paintings since 1982, when I really started. I use my imagination, not trying to do anything realistic,” Mr. Bardeau told The Standard. “I always was a bit of an artistic kid doing things, so I just decided one time, I would start doing some art. I took a one semester painting course. That’s when it all kind of started.”
Mr. Bardeau and his wife Carol moved to Port Perry a few weeks ago. They had previously lived in Oshawa.
“I’ve always liked Port Perry because there is a nice arts community down here,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau shared that people have compared his works to those of Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
“I think of myself as Salvador Dali meets aboriginal,” he said.
Carol said her husband doesn’t usually start out with a full vision for his pieces when he starts getting to work on them.
“He doesn’t know what he is painting until he is finished. Somebody else’s hand is guiding him,” she explained.
Mr. Bardeau told The Standard that he can find inspiration everywhere.
“Inspiration comes from everything. Anything in this room could be an inspiration for a painting like that lamp. I could take that and abstractly change it into something,” he said.
During his process of creating art works, Mr. Bardeau commonly listens to suggestions from his wife.
“She gives me hints, she makes suggestions. She’ll tell me things that she sees and I’ll go ‘hmm,’” he explained.
Mr. Bardeau puts a lot of work into making his pieces as perfect as they can be.
“When I’m done I’m spent emotionally. I become drained when I’m done a piece. Sometimes after I look at a piece, I go ‘wow, did I really do that?,’” the local artist said.
Mr. Bardeau feels his works are open to interpretation.
“I don’t really like to name my items that much. I usually try to use a one-word title, only because I don’t want to take away from somebody seeing something different. I don’t want them to only see what I see, I want them to see their own imagery,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau is also constantly looking to add to his art skills repertoire.
“I always study other artists’ work to see if there is something I can apply to my art,” he said.
For more information, to see and purchase Mr. Bardeau’s works, search ‘Bardeau Art’ on Facebook or email this address: email@example.com.
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