Art and Money

Art and Money

Freshly fallen snow blankets the frozen fields and stars shine bright in a sky that is dark by supper. That’s right; it’s beginning to look a lot like RRSP season and that means a yearly trip to my financial advisor. It may not be as exciting as Christmas, or as rewarding as sneaking downstairs to see what Santa has left in my stocking (mutual funds?), but a visit to BMO to see Dominic Lachance is always a colourful experience. It’s not his explanation as to how my investments are doing, it’s his paintings.

As I nod my head and pretend to understand the fiscal bar graphs and market fluctuation comparison charts that Dominic patiently parades before me, my attention is drawn to the large and vibrant paintings that adorn every wall surrounding his desk. There’s a team of happy huskies pulling a dogsled, a group of skiers and snowboarders in front of Temple Lodge in Banff preparing for their ascent and brightly coloured Austrian houses dwarfed by the Alps behind them.

Dominic Lachance with one of his paintings.

Dominic is an investment advisor, or wealth manager. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and holds a degree in finance that he completed in England. Dominic is also an artist. He’s responsible for the distracting canvasses that I’m busy admiring when I should be paying attention. Instead of focusing on a pie graph detailing my tolerance for investment risk, I’m wondering where he gets his motivation to paint. What inspires him? “I like to portray fantasy and reality in my paintings,” he explains. Although Dominic often uses his own photographs as a starting point for a new work, he says that “sometimes you have to forget about the picture and use your imagination, break the mould.”

Being original is something Dominic learned when he first began painting in 1997. “I started working as an analyst in Montreal, but I felt something was missing.” It was this need to be creative that led him to discover a group of free painters where he could practice and receive feedback and advice. Dominic says that sometimes when he’s painting, he loses track of time and forgets everything around him. “It’s a good way to get away from the logical world of data and spreadsheets.” He also admits that painting has helped him develop his intuition, something useful in his line of work.

Quebec Parliament, painted by Dominic Lachance

As Dominic travels the world, he paints the places he visits, which makes it difficult to part with a new painting right away. “I like to appreciate it for a while, it’s a travel souvenir.” Dominic’s home is his studio and gallery and a different memory hangs on every wall. Walking from room to room, I see Chinese workers bicycling to work, pastel boats docked in the south of France, barren trees wintering in Central Park and of course, many scenes of the people, architecture and nature that surrounds us here in Québec City. Dominic’s style of painting has been inspired by, and compared to, Les Fauves (The Wild Beasts). Les Fauves were a group of Modern artists from the early 20th century. Much like Dominic, they favoured strong colours and visible brush strokes.

If you would like to see some of Dominic’s work, consider attending his upcoming art exhibition. The vernissage (opening night) is on Thursday, December 2 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Club Montcalm at 1141 Boulevard Champlain. The exhibition is en duo with Jean Grenier and it runs until December 19. Grenier is another Quebec City artist who specializes in what he calls “undulationism”. If you would like to get in touch with Dominic Lachance or commission a painting, he can be reached at #418-573-1506.

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.