Kingston is a vibrant community that is home to many local artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. One such individual is Andrée Levesque, an artist and a client with Providence Care.
We met Andrée at the Window Art Gallery, located downtown Kingston, where a collection of her artwork was on display. Andrée shared with us that she began creating works of art at a very young age; what began as a hobby transformed into a medium of self-expression and subsequently, an inspired and fruitful career.
“My life is art and my language is colour,” Levesque shared. A native Francophone, Andrée lived in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary before settling in Kingston. As a non-native English speaker Levesque found that her artwork helped her to both communicate and connect with the Kingston community. In fact it is the support of the community, and how it embraces local artists, that convinced Andrée to make Kingston her home. While she easily finds inspiration in her every day encounters, Andrée shared that it is the city’s waterfront and the people that continue to motivate her.
Andrée shared that while every work of art she produces is an extension of her, it is in the eyes of another person that she believes her artwork truly comes alive. With each piece of artwork, whether it is a painting or a sculpture, Andrée said that she wants people to be “invited in” – to identify with an emotion or an experience.
Andrée expressed gratitude to Kingston, and places like the Window Art Gallery, that allow artists to find a home and to grow. “Supporting local”, Andrée said, “builds compassion, empathy and community.”