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Friends and relatives will also find themselves in However, he found art
Bobbie’s paintings but not in a ‘usual’ way. Her and music to be a strong
grandmother shows up in her paintings as a la- calling, and in 1975 he
dybug, her sons as frolicking elves and Bobbie received an undergradu-
might be a frog or a friendly witch. ate degree in fine art and
“Painting and sculpting friends, family and, espe- studio painting.
cially, our pet dog is my way of keeping records “If it’s true that a person
of special events and goings on in our daily lives can get lost in the de-
and our world! I sometime think of myself as a tails, I might never find
contemporary American folk artist. Connecting myself,” Art Poulin says,
with my artwork is the only way I can create my joking about the details
best work! Art comes from the artist’s soul … captured in all of his ac-
a piece of me is in everything I create! Granted, claimed paintings. With
sometimes the artwork is way out there in “the a broad smile, he con-
zone,” but what can I say … I’m from California, tinues, “As an artist, I’m
the land of fruits and nuts!” The world is my often asked what it takes
inspiration, and life and the people around me, to paint this style and I
time. Drawing upon years of architectural work,
give me the creative juices that keep me going. always give the same answer: patience, a steady
he quickly developed a unique style that cap-
hand, patience and patience.”
tures the heart of our country with exquisite
Looking out of the enormous glass windows
details and vignettes set in timeless countryside
of his studio at Lazy Goose, a gentleman’s farm
and small-town scenes.
that he and his wife built over the last several
His paintings exemplify an American nostalgia
years, Art’s good nature and excitement for his
and have broad appeal, so much so that the Pen-
work come across as clearly as the subjects on
guin Group selected his artwork for the covers
his canvases – both are deeply grounded in an
of the “Lumby” series of books.
appreciation for authentic living.
“There needs to be
Likewise, Graphique de France and
“But seriously,” he adds, “there
a passion for finding
Buffalo Games followed suit by
needs to be passion for how you
beauty in the world,
making unsolicited licensing offers
live and who you live with, for find-
and for what you do
for calendars, cards and puzzles, all
ing beauty in the world, and for
day in and day out...”
of which are now distributed na-
what you do day in and day out.
tionally. “I’ve been very fortunate
I feel that way every time I sit in
so far,” Art says. “And with Painted Planet now
front of an unfinished canvas – I can’t wait to
managing that side of the business, I can put all
pick up the brush.”
of my attention into my work.”
After gaining his degree, Art enlisted in the mili-
“Art’s paintings are absolutely amazing!” says
tary as a tenor with the US Army Chorus – a
Howard Cooperman, owner of Bucks County
position he held for over two decades. With the
Gallery of Fine Art in New Hope, PA, who ex-
I cherish my humble beginnings, and my dear chorus, Art had the honor to meet six presidents
clusively represents Art’s originals in that area.
parents and grandparents for their example and and numerous world dig-
inspiration.” nitaries. Performing at
Now Bobbie’s paintings are available for licens- the White House, Radio
ing. Silvestri by Demdaco has just released a City Music Hall and the
new gift line, Figments. “Figments are imagined Kennedy Center, among
moments caught in time that invite the child other world famous ven-
in you to come out and play.“ This collection ues, he had the opportu-
of starlit worlds has been faithfully reproduced nity to work along side
from Bobbie’s intricately painted sculptures. countless entertainment
Bobbie is represented by Painted Planet Licens- personalities. During that
ing Group. You can contact them by phone, time, he founded and
507.835.8009, or e-mail jan@paintedplanetlicens- operated a design-build
ing.com. firm of residential homes
in Northern Virginia. His
The Army Chorister
homes and architectural
designs have been fea-
ART POULIN
tured in both local and
Art Poulin was born in Waterville, Maine, to national magazines.
French-Canadian parents, and attended La Men- It wasn’t until 2002 when
nais Prep with plans of joining the order of the Art began his life-long
Brothers of Christian Instruction as a teenager. dream of painting full
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