Naturally Inspired

Isabelle Truchon is an Oregon based artist, with French-Canadian roots who migrated to the United states over 30 years ago. She currently makes her home in McMinnville with a pied-a-terre in San Francisco, California. Truchon's work has been published nationally, and is held in private and public collections internationally. Her work centers on mixed media, and oil paintings of nature-scapes with a focus on equestrian subjects. Her sculptures focus on natural and organic structures made of materials the artist collects including bones, feathers, animal hair, and fallen tree branches.

As an artist, Isabelle explores her themes through the lens of the natural world and cave paintings which she sees as her greatest inspirations. Using texture, form, light, and line, the subjects and their surroundings take on a life of their own, and she embraces the organic qualities that fluidly transpire.  

Her work is in harmony with the everyday, and universal aspects of life, with her most impressive works tending to be larger in scale and offer visions of energized horse or bull herds charging towards the viewer. All the while, other works are delicately executed taking the viewer on a soothing journey. In both these instances, Isabelle renders cohesive, subtle, yet powerful and inviting works.

Isabelle Truchon has been painting professionally for nearly 25 years. She received her BFA from Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art, West Virginia in 2012. She was born and raised in Montreal, and has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, Sacramento and Harpers Ferry. She works from her serene studio in McMinnville, Oregon. Truchon continually exhibits her work and holds representation in galleries in Northern Virginia, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest.

In my own words...

My work metaphorically centers on nature and wild animals in relation to my human experience. It looks towards the beauty and serenity that surrounds me. It appreciates the splendor, the quiet peaceful yet fierce-less perseverance of creatures and nature. I value the seemingly simple, yet intricate essential qualities of how life comes to be, how it purely exists, and how sometimes it's tainted, yet still beautiful.

My inspiration comes from the musings of my observations and impressions. Each art piece offers a glimpse into the narrative of my experience of my life journey. The works are documentations of a time and place and perhaps more essentially, of the emotions that are exchanged between myself and my subject. I am obsessed with the idea of herds and how they relate to the human family support system, trees for their architectural strength and rootedness, birds for their ability to fly and flock to dominate the sky, and flowers for the ephemeral beauty, which exists everywhere yet most evident in the short life of a bloom.

Isabelle Truchon, 2024 

To learn more about my process and my work, and view my vlogs, please visit www.IsabelleTruchonArt.com

Thank you for your interest in my work. Enjoy!