It's not just a daydream.

This is my reality!

Who am I? 

I am Jacquie Potvin Boucher, nothing fancy about me. I'm an eccentric free-spirit passionate about art therapy, painting my visions and dreams.

 

As an Indigenous Metis artist (Cree/Irish/French), born in Alberta I arrived in Nova Scotia 16 years ago to achieve my Bachelor of Design at NSCAD University and studied my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Dalhousie University and Athabasca University. I have always believed Art and Psychology go hand in hand – both as a way of expressing ourselves and to understand our thoughts and others’ creative perspectives.

While studying towards my Masters Degree I published several self-help guides and scholarly articles in mental health literacy among adolescents and First Nations children (publications listed below) but decided to step away from my career and graduate studies to focus on the healing benefits of art therapy for families struggling with mental illness, particularly those affected by Autism and Selective Mutism based on my own family and friends' needs. I enjoy teaching and empowering children and families how to express themselves through creative means. I also love speaking at conferences and through various media educating others on the use of art as a communication tool for Autistic children as well as children with Selective Mutism.

I am a self-taught painter with a passion for painting clouds with visions from my ancestors and guiding spirits. Through a meditative painting process I connect with the universe where time and space meet and shadows are nonexistent.  During this creative exploration I gain insight into the lives that walked before us, discovering where I am from and where I may be going.

I have been a professional artist since 2009 with my paintings currently hanging in public and private galleries across Canada and the United States.

Current Gallery Affiliations

  • Teichert Gallery, Halifax

  • Northern Sun Gallery, Mahone Bay

  • Made in the Maritimes, Halifax & Bedford

  • Sipukel Gallery, Liverpool

  • Winding River Art Gallery

  • Art 1274 Hollis, Halifax (January 2019-June)

 

Art Shows

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  • Preshrunk, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, January – February 2020

  • Ten Squared Exhibit, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, December 2019

  • Truro Art Acquisition Show, McCarthy Art Gallery, November 2019

  • Feature Artist, Tantallon Library, November 2019

  • Feature Artist, NovelTea Cafe, Truro, March 2019

  • Hammonds Plains Community Centre, Commissioned Lead Art Project/Show, February 2018 - Present 2019

  • PreShrunk, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, January – February 2019

  • White Point Beach Resort, Mi'Kmaq Mawiomi, October 2018

  • Teichert Gallery, Annual Group Show, Halifax, October 2018

  • Northern Sun Gallery, Mahone Bay, NS, July 2018 to present.

  • Sipukel Gallery, Liverpool, NS, May 2018 to present.

  • Truro Art Acquisition Show, McCarthy Art Gallery, April 2018

  • ArtBomb Daily, April 2018 & June 2018

  • Mystery Art Show for Adsum House, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, March 2018

  • Hygee, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, February 2018

  • Made in the Maritimes Fine Art Gallery, Artist Supplier February 2018 to present

  • PreShrunk, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, January – February 2018

  • Underpinnings, 130 years of NSCAD, Anna Leonowens Gallery, November 2017

  • Avondale Art Fair, June 2017

  • Halifax Timeraiser, June 2017

  • Parrsborro Lighthouse Project, NS, Summer 2016

  • Winding River Art Gallery, Stewiack, NS, May 2015 – December 2015

  • Do you see what I see, Winding River Art Gallery, Stewiack, NS, August 2015

 

Commissioned & Collections

  • 60+ Private Commissioned paintings across Canada

  • Wishing Stones Art Gallery, Tancook, NS

  • Private, Nunavut

  • Tancook Island School, NS

 

 

Authorship/Publications

 

Scholarly Journal Articles:

Potvin-Boucher, J.T., Malone, J.L., (July 2014). Facilitating Mental Health Literacy: Targeting Canadian First Nations Youth. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Potvin-Boucher, J.T., Kutcher, S., Szumilas, M., Sheikh, T. (November 2010). Transitions: A mental health literacy program for post-secondary students. Journal of College and Student Development.

Books and guides:

  • Transitions – Student Reality Check, 2007

  • Transitions Second Edition, 2013

  • My Parent Has a (insert specific type) Mental Illness, 2011.

  • Teen Transitions, currently in revisions.

  • My brother sister/has a mental illness – a guide for young people age 11-16, 2009.

  • My brother/sister has a mental illness – a guide for young people age 17-24, 2009.

  • Are you coping with suicidal thoughts? 2009.

  • Mental Health First Aid, 2008.

  • Psychosis & Substance Use, 2008.

 

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