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 just painting my visions.


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.

I have several scholarly articles and research published in mental health literacy and self-help among adolescents and First Nations but have decided to step away from my career and graduate studies to focus on the healing benefits and messages through art.

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

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

  • Teichert Gallery, Halifax

  • Northern Sun Gallery, Mahone Bay

  • Made in the Maritimes, Halifax & Bedford

  • Sipukel Gallery, Liverpool

  • Winding River Art Gallery

Art Shows

  • Upcoming 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





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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