2020 will definitely be a year to remember, but what we will remember most is all the rainbow art that you created—how it filled the streets with hope and positivity. This year, to celebrate you and your passion for creativity, we called upon the talent of artists of all levels.

A few weeks ago, we reached out to you, our community, and we received some truly touching—and real—images.

You touched our hearts and to thank you, we wanted to share three artists whom we felt truly embodied the idea of feel good art.

Discover Marjolaine - Communications and Marketing Director, Edmund and his son Artie - Creative Director, as well as Marie-Josée - Visual Artist.

These four inspiring creatives will move you through their words and, of course, their art.

Happy reading!


Marjolaine, can you tell us about your relationship with art and its evolution over the years?

Art has always been part of our lives. My oldest, and most beautiful creative memories go back to when my father was always with us, playing guitar in the house library. I remember a time when it was just the two of us, I would dance and twirl around, it made him smile. My little girl mind envisioned this becoming a beautiful memory, like a scene straight out of the movies Dad used to film. I was right, it stayed with me. I also saw him write a lot. His little notebooks were everywhere. He often created, in one way or another. And for me, this creative passion translated into my love for writing and painting. I learned to paint with oils, acrylics and most recently, I had fun with watercolours thanks to a workshop with Lysa Jordan offered by DeSerres.

Now that I have my own child who loves tractors and balloons, I guess I have less time to create. That's when I discovered art as self-love. When I enter my studio, I clear my heart and my head. All I think about is what I want to create, the colours, the textures – and to whom I will offer the creation.

How does your creative process generally unfold?

When it comes to fine arts, I love and need to be inspired before I start. I need to see images to begin my process. I browse, I travel, and then I let my heart go. I like to be alone, as if my creativity needs all the space in my studio – except two times. Twice (when the context allowed it), I invited friends to come and paint with me. Together, we got comfortable, scattered our colours all over the room and travelled through music. Since then, I have two magnificent paintings hanging in my house and they are my favourites. They bring back wonderful memories and every time I walk by, I think of friends that I will keep forever. It was unlike anything I had ever done before and I loved it. It's really a great idea.


What does ‘’Art Feels Good’’ mean to you?

It’s the truth. Art, no matter what form it comes in, really does feel good. Sometimes I paint, other times I write. Either way, my heart and head are always flowing. That's all that matters, the outside world stops turning. Art, in whatever form, has really helped me stay positive throughout life’s challenges.

Would you like to pass on your passion for art to your child? If so, for what reason(s)?

I would like to introduce him to art, but in a very natural way like my dad did for me. Nothing was forced, passions were transmitted and transformed from one generation to another, always keeping creativity at the heart of it all. I would like Lou to understand that art, painting, writing and music can really be an outlet. I will show him how art has also helped me get through his great story. I can't wait to tell him through my writing. He will see just how strong he is, and also, realize how he inspired my art.

What have been your go-to DeSerres products over the years?

I've always bought my painting and drawing supplies at DeSerres. Do other stores even exist? My first painting teacher introduced me to this family business, and I haven’t shopped elsewhere since. Plus, each visit turns into a great discussion with in-store experts. I find absolutely EVERYTHING at DeSerres: easels, canvases, frames, colours and my all-time favourite pencils.

Acrylic paint, spatulas, brushes, varnishes and markers (AH, and The Masters brush soap) are my favourite products!

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Edmund & Artie Lam X DeSerres


Edmund, can you please describe what role art has played in your life/career?

I can safely say art has been the source of all my deepest passions throughout my life. My parents put me, along with my two older brothers, in drawing lessons when I was 3 years old and I instantly fell in love. It taught me how not to just see things, but to really observe and try to understand them. That passion to create and express myself eventually lead me to starting a band, recording multiple albums and touring across the country, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and finally a career as a Creative Director in Fashion and Marketing.

What is Artie most passionate about when it comes to arts and crafts?

I think he loves creating things that represent how he feels and what he loves, which often involve depicting activities with his family, animals and his favourite cartoon characters.

What does ‘’Art Feels Good’’ mean to you?

There is no other feeling like the satisfaction of creating, bringing into the world something that had not existed before. Big or small, creating is a way for me to check in on myself—to put a piece of paper, a computer, or a guitar in front of me, and see what comes out.


When you are creating with your son, how would you describe these moments?

When we create together, it reminds me of our connection. It feels less like a father-son relationship during those times, and more like just two people playing, exploring and having fun. I’m always proud of what we create together, as it’s a document of that special experience.

Edmund VS Artie: What are your 3 DeSerres essentials?

Artie :
Markers, scissors and sparkly Scotch tape.

Edmund :
2B pencil, sketchbook and eraser.

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Marie-Josée Bergeron X DeSerres


Marie-Josée, tell us about your art career in a few lines.

I have a degree in Fine Arts and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design. I worked at Ikea for many years in art direction and interior design, as well as at TVA, as an art and decoration columnist for the now-defunct TV show "Tout simplement Clodine".

In 2009, I became seriously ill and was rushed to the intensive care unit. I underwent surgery and was hospitalized for several weeks. Following this dramatic episode, I decided that art would once again become a priority for the rest of my life. Since 2010, alongside my artistic practice, I have been offering acrylic painting and mixed media workshops aimed at connecting as many people as possible to the power of creativity and intuition. Since the beginning of covid, I have been giving my workshops online and I am reaching a community of passionate people for whom art is a source of relaxation, therapy and sometimes even healing.

We all know that 2020 was out of our control, what have you learned as an artist over the last few months?

First, I am proud to say that being both an artist and an entrepreneur is possible. I am living proof of this. Covid pushed me to achieve my dream of creating online art workshops in order to reach a larger community. Since March, I have been helping people feel less isolated and even rediscover their passion for creativity. These online courses have transformed the way I teach. Letting go and trusting the unknown has never been so important.


What does ‘’Art Feels Good’’ mean to you, and how has this definition evolved over the years?

Art is part of my life. In fact, art flows through me, I can't dissociate myself from it. Having almost died from this illness, I can guarantee you that if I hadn't listened to the little voice inside my head (the one telling me to dive headfirst into art and creativity), I wouldn’t be here today to talk about it and share my passion. I am honoured to have accompanied, for more than 10 years, groups of all ages and backgrounds to sensitize them to the power of creativity and to revive their intuitive spirit. I believe that getting your hands dirty with paint, colours, textures, materials and collages can positively impact your physical and mental well-being, as art stimulates the imagination, shapes concepts and brings ideas to life.

What do you wish for the next generation of artists?

For several years now, my goal has been to integrate art into our daily lives and conversations, just like gastronomy, interior design and the environment. I firmly believe that together (media, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, the art community), we have the power to convince people that art is an important part of our lives. Also, I hope that the relationship between art and money ceases to be a taboo topic and that artists who do manage to make a good living from their art are no longer judged! I hope that in Quebec, more buyers emerge and that more people become aware of the importance of encouraging our local artists.

What have been your go-to DeSerres products over the years?

All mediums used for mixed media techniques: Liquitex matte medium and gel, Golden cracking medium and Golden High Flow Acrylics. I recently discovered Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic Paint (gouache and acrylic).

Above all, I like to mix mediums, transform matter and trust the creative process. Exploring and listening to my intuition allows me to create what I call happy accidents, caused by the fusion of matter, paint and pencils.

As I like to tell my students: When I go to DeSerres, I feel like a little girl in a big candy store! It brings me nothing but joy!

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