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Camille Doucet

I am French speaking and was born in Montreal, Canada, where, at three years old, I discovered drawing... on the kitchen walls. Although raised in this cosmopolitan city, I made my way to the hills of Ithaca, NY, USA. 

I studied Arts at the College du Vieux Montreal and at University Laval in Quebec City, then furthered watercolor and nature focus through the guidance of Shtock Schlueter and Alan Sanborn in California, Anne-Marie Evans of England.

Since 2003, I teach botanical illustrations, color theory and field sketching at Cornell University, still lives with all manner of watercolor explorations at the Community School of Music and Art since 1998 and privately since 1995. I conduct week long outdoor painting workshops as well as three to five day workshops out of state. I am president of the local Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of the Finger Lakes, since2005 and past director of the State of the Arts Gallery in Ithaca, NY.

I love complex paintings with details and luminosity. I balance that with sketching. Teaching adds another form of creativity where the hopes and goals of the students are the subjects to be addressed. Watercolor has so many techniques as well as unlimited applications that, to me, it is an excellent medium to help develop your own style, deepen your own exploration. I encourage students to discover what and how they love to paint and to recognize their own innate way. We use watercolor mainly, pen and ink, colored pencils and techniques like glazing, texturing, masking, dry brush and wet on wet to name a few. All to convey the intense beauty of a petal in the spring light, the grace of a reddening tree on the green hillside, the richness of this wonderful place we call nature.