Velvet Tetrault

I have been painting for 45 years since I was 17. I always loved color. I started out making images on linoleum and printing them. By the time I was 19, I was captivated with realistic Science Fiction art. My favorite artists were Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Salvador Dali. My first paintings on canvas were people from SF stories that I wrote. I liked that the images were out of my imagination, but I wasn’t pleased with my inability to paint what I saw in my imagination.

After taking some art courses at night, I started watching PBS painting shows; they led me to painting landscapes. My day job as a software engineer left me little time to paint, but I did so in whatever spare time I had. I continued to paint from my imagination.

In the early ’90s, I started watching Jerry Yarnell and Helen Van Wyk on TV. I was still painting landscapes, but I also added some still life paintings to my efforts. In 1998, I became acquainted with decorative and tole painting. I spent several years going to workshops and studying videotapes of different artists.

When I felt that I had gone as far as I could with the decorative painting of that era, I began experimenting with mixed media. That included experimenting with painting my pets’ portraits.

Eventually, I expanded to painting still life from setups that I created in my painting studio. I tried to make the images as realistic as possible.

I continued painting still life and landscapes until 2015. In late 2015 I began painting fantasy, especially Alice in Wonderland. In 2016 I shifted from Fantasy paintings to Allegorical Paintings. I also studied Art History and Anatomy for Artists for 1+ years and taught anatomy to artists at WHAM and Palo Verde Art Club.

By 2017, I had begun painting birds. I still paint birds, but with florals and scrolls. I have been studying casual florals and bird painting for the past two years with David Jansen and have dozens of videos on painting flowers and birds. I will be painting florals, birds, and scrolls for the foreseeable future. I have also studied portrait painting and the color and tones in the highlights and shadows, plus painting pets and wildlife. However, on the horizon, I am reviewing anatomy to revisit my first love: Science Fiction art. I imagine Science Fiction scenes that I would love to paint, but I want the scenes to be photorealistic. 

Synopsis of Classes

Learn how to paint Roses, Daisies, Blossoms, Tulips, Irises, Pansies, and Peonies, and learn how to design a Contemporary Floral Bouquet Composition, using a Representational style of painting. You will learn different types of backgrounds for your compositions, design elements based on techniques going back to the Dutch Master Floral painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, and painting techniques to achieve the results that you are looking for.