Annabelle studied Fine Arts at Cegep St-Laurent and Graphic Arts at Cegep Ahuntsic, both in Montréal. Upon completing her schooling, she devoted six years to graphic arts and illustrations before concentrating on painting in 2006. Her artistic approach is deeply tied to colour and composition and the unique way she mixes collage with paint. Each painting is fresh and spontaneous, full of 'joie de vivre.' Using mixed media collage with gold leaf, she is equally happy painting purely abstract or figurative work. Striking colours and robust design are at the heart of her pieces and further draw each viewer into her world.
Annabelle's goal is to captivate the beholder's gaze, but she also strives to connect with the mind. She creates visual scavenger hunts that link the conscious to the unconscious. Using fragments of a magazine, flocked wallpaper, and fabric, she spreads her torn handiwork upon the canvas and, little by little, forms come into being.
"I enjoy the sensation of dried glue and pigment on my hands… I do not start off with a preconceived idea; the paper guides me." - Annabelle Marquis
Annabelle's work has been available for purchase at the West End Gallery since 2010