Visual Arts

Odette LaRoche

Odette LaRoche Art
Sidney, BC

Most of my work is from the imagination, just responding to the canvas. An innate sense of colour and design has drawn me to oil painting, and through teaching I get to combine my love of art and people, living the best of both worlds!

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About Odette LaRoche

“The images are alive with movement and dramatic lighting dancing on the forms as they shimmer with the change of light from break of day to lights out.”

Intuitive painting gives Odette Laroche the freedom of creating in the moment, expressing with marks and ideas that allude to the passion that is inspired by the natural world around her. Drawn to the exploration of colour and application, Odette seeks to portray the vast drama of nature itself in a post-impressionistic style. Each stroke, each mark, each combination of light in the melding colours and hues reveal a spontaneity that pushes the edge of realism and abstract memory. Considering portraits, still life, and figurative paintings as another form of landscapes, Odette is fascinated by the soul and psychology that is revealed in studying her subjects and depicting their likeness in her works.

Initially a self-taught artist, Odette began to experiment with painting in her teenage years. After enrolling in the Victoria College of Arts in 1999 soon after relocating to Vancouver Island Odette found herself enlightened, diving deeper into the freedom of expression in her works. After graduating in 2002, Odette has painted full time and in 2003 established her first gallery in Sidney: Laroche Gallery. Within five short years, Odette moved into a bigger location where she continues to display her own work and has a space to teach oil and acrylic painting to her students. As an art teacher, Odette’s goal is to educate her students about the phases of art and help them to ‘see’ and as a coach and mentor, she helps them find their voice. In teaching Odette’s goal is to help the student to see and become more aware, helping the artist reach their goal is her goal, and each artist is treated as though it is a one-on-one session. She continues to showcase her passion through the use of an online method to teach her students. The interactive platform allows students to upload images of paintings they’re working on, sharing their progress with Odette and each other. Adapting to an online presence gives Odette the ability to build a relationship with her students and teach what she loves.

Odettes’ works are located in various places across Canada, the U.S, Italy, and Hong Kong. On Vancouver Island, her works have been: featured in a YouTube video called ‘I am not an Artist’, and she has showcased in both the Sidney and Sooke art show, spotlighted in the SeaSide Magazine, as well as having two paintings displayed in the Brentwood Bay Lodge.