The staining red clay of my southern hometown, The patina that life leaves on skin and psyche…
I find joy and a bond in objects and humans that life has weathered to perfection. When retinal and tactile influences converge within me, I am left with a visceral drive that needs to be born into substance. My art emerges. I like to portray raw human emotions that transcend and bind cultures, especially those that exhibit triumph over adversity. Often combined with a figure or elements of the human body is that aspect of nature, or a metaphor of her, that centers and soothes us so completely.
Sculpting in wood allows me to meditate and sweat through the process of coaxing a feeling or shape to come to life. The polished surface is similar to skin, which attracts me to the medium. Drawings in graphite on paper are like the tattered veining of hands and butterfly wings, delicate yet strong. Their lightness contrasts with the solidness of form in wood. Assemblage was something that I garnered from my years in the Northwest; in re-use fashion, characters come forth from rubbish and discards. Painting was the birthplace of my art, watercolor being my preference as it reminded me of rain-soaked pigments. Painting has begun to seduce me, and yet another chapter of stories yearns to be brushed into being.
Born: Camden, New Jersey, November 29, 1960, to French Canadian parents Gilles and
Magella (Trépanier) Champagne.
Raised: Knoxville, Tennessee for 47 years
Education: B.F.A. Graphic Design, minor Art History, University of Tennessee
Mediums: graphite drawings, watercolors, wood sculpture, assemblage sculpture
Crayons and paper, scissors and glue, the first materials… seemingly endless rolls of newsprint were canvases that stretched the 1960’s linoleum kitchen floor. Encouraged by a crafty mom, autumn leaves were arranged and ironed between waxed paper, papier-mache sculptures were oven dried; egg-carton-cups became flowers…
Nature provided Jocelyne with endless explorations of color, form and patterns with her canvas of wildflowers and butterflies. So enamored was the young artist that her mother began calling her youngest daughter “her butterfly” and does so to this day.
Jocelyne began her professional artistic career in the mid-1980’s as a self-taught commissioned watercolorist. During this time she also had ownership in a local art gallery. After years of watercolor painting and raising toddlers Jocelyne returned to school and completed her B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1994.
A career as a graphic designer in retail through Creative Director in health care followed. Overseeing creative work allowed the incorporation of her illustration and photography. Fine art became an escape of pure artistic expression.
With inspiration from her husband Mike, Jocelyne began sculpting wood in 2006. Their Ingrained Appalachian Stories sculpture body of work was born in Tennessee. The recession then took the Shiners to Oregon, Washington and, eventually Flagstaff, Arizona since fall of 2012. The silver lining in the moves was meeting fellow artists, tasting the flavor and absorbing the mood of each city. Woodcut printmaking, and recycled assemblage art were added to Jocelyne’s repertoire.
In spring 2013, Jocelyne began a series of figurative assemblage work entitled “The Given Name, How it Shapes.” In fall of 2013, the artist secured a loft studio in historic downtown Flagstaff, “Studio Jocelyne.” The studio is open year round for visitors and during Flagstaff1st Friday Artwalks.
Taking a Renaissance Woman approach to art, Jocelyne continues to explore mediums, subjects and styles. Currently Jocelyne is focusing on nature, with watercolor paintings and graphite drawings of birds, bees and butterflies. Jocelyne invites you along on her journey...