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Nashua artist’s work receives prestigious international award

Dominique Boutaud is as lively as her paintings. Her hands flutter around as she speaks in bubbly, rapid French, explaining the symbolism behind her work, “Pour Pied Sensible,” which won an international silver medal for art several years ago. She points to “les miroirs” – the mirrors – which symbolize communication with self and with others. She explains that the colors in the painting represent people, while the various shapes in the painting represent dialogue between people. The vibrant yellows, oranges, greens and reds, along with the splashes of glitter, reflect the cheerful smile of Dominique.

“With art, we can connect with many things and help a lot of people,” Boutaud said of her work. ...

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Dominique Boutaud is as lively as her paintings. Her hands flutter around as she speaks in bubbly, rapid French, explaining the symbolism behind her work, “Pour Pied Sensible,” which won an international silver medal for art several years ago. She points to “les miroirs” – the mirrors – which symbolize communication with self and with others. She explains that the colors in the painting represent people, while the various shapes in the painting represent dialogue between people. The vibrant yellows, oranges, greens and reds, along with the splashes of glitter, reflect the cheerful smile of Dominique.

“With art, we can connect with many things and help a lot of people,” Boutaud said of her work.

Boutaud’s passion for painting recently won her yet another award to add to her already full cabinet of medals, plaques and statues: The Nashua-based artist received a silver medal and diploma from La Societe Academique Arts, Sciences, Lettres. This French academic society for encouragement and education gives yearly awards of honor for men and women of merit in the fields of art, science or liberal arts. The award has existed since 1915 and works to promote art, culture and language. Some noteworthy winners include the scientist Mme. Marie Curie, the explorer Jacques Cousteau and Louis Lumiere, who is credited with being one of the first filmmakers in history. Boutaud can now add her name to this list of illustrious winners.

Boutaud received her award in Paris on June 14, after an extensive and scrupulous selection process. After being recommended for the award by Maria Torrelli, a representative of the board of the society, Boutaud had to submit a file of more than 100 pages of documents and pictures to even be considered for her recent silver medal in arts.

It is hard to believe Boutaud was not always this successful, especially when you see she needs to find a separate case for her medals as they won’t fit in the same case as her plaques. Despite her success, Boutaud hasn’t been painting all that long. She only started painting in 1989, when she and her then-husband moved to Texas, where she took classes at a local community college. Maybe it was the French Bohemian spirit in her soul that drew her to art, or maybe it was just a chance coincidence. Regardless, Boutaud enrolled in art classes where she painted lots of still lifes and landscapes. When she tired of painting fruit and fields, she moved on to abstract art.

“I decided to paint my freedom,” Boutaud said.

Since then, Boutaud has created her own form and style of painting, using different mediums and lots of color. With her art, she hopes to convey a sense of “bonheur,” or happiness. Through her colorful paintings, Boutaud would like to “bring peace, hope and happiness with artwork.”

Today, Boutaud works to make this idea more well-known by being a member of the international organization of la Francophonie. This organization works to bring different people of the French-speaking world together. With this group, Boutaud has brought different French-speaking artists in the United States together to help promote her vision of “Painting or artwork in the spirit of peace.”

With so many bad things in the world, Boutaud said, art has a way of bringing hope to people when they reflect on her paintings.

“When you see a landscape, it’s a landscape. … When you see an abstract painting, you have to think, to try to understand,” Boutaud said.

Much like her vivid paintings, which can be hung any way and still exude a sense of cheerfulness, sometimes you just have to look at a situation differently to feel the hope and happiness Boutaud wants to world to see. To see more of her artwork, visit www.fineart
america.com/profiles/
dominique-boutaud.html
.

Emily Kwesell can be reached at 594-6466 or ekwesell@nashua
telegraph.com.