Born in 1972 in the village of St-Émile-de-Suffolk, a municipality in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada. As a young man, Martin briefly studied at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Martin was later introduced to the highly regarded Dutch painter Louis Boekhout, who studied at l'Académie des Beaux-Arts d'Anvers, France. Mr. Boekhout mentored Martin Blanchet for five years, instilling many lessons and a strong work ethic. Martin later apprenticed with Montréal, QC artist Louis Robichaud. In his early years, having chosen wildlife art as a platform of expression, he participated for five years in approximately 30 exhibitions and contests in France, including The Fall Salon, at the Grand Palais in Paris. Among awards received, Martin is most proud of a mention of honour in the figurative category at the Salon International des Seigneurs de l'Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, for its jury included some students of Cézanne.
"My biggest quest is to capture the unseen: ultimately allowing the spectator to experience and sense the air, the light, the smells, and the sounds of a stream gurgling in the spring, the cry of the cicada or the background noise made by tires on a rainy day downtown."
Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois has created a series of new coloured pencil drawings featuring birds and florals. Fascinated by details, her delicate renderings of the natural world are a treasure to behold.
This documentary resulted from an unexpected encounter between a painter and a young filmmaker. The idea of carrying out a magnificent project came from their first exchange. Without a budget and funding, simply for the love of art, these two artists wanted to express a familiar feeling: The desire to be an artist.