As you know, myself and a few other Ottawa designers have been working on Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition. This charity event is sponsored by United Way and the Yummy Mummies Club. The lucky recipient of this makeover is the Good Companions Center in Ottawa, Ontario.
We were tasked with redoing the entryway and the lobby to bring it from institutional to warm and inviting. Since most of the designers on this project also have a blog, we thought we would each feature the wonderful sponsors who donated their time, labour and/or products to ensure a fabulously finished space.
So this Sponsor Spotlight post is shone on Matt Leblanc – Artist Extraordinaire!
Matt lives in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada. He has been a creative person all his life and worked for many years at an advertising agency. However, he only started offering his work to the public four years ago and he has been busy ever since. He sells to individuals, (in fact, I have one of his beautiful pieces), businesses and interior designers across North America as well as overseas.
Matt’s ability to design a unique piece of artwork based on his client’s decor has been instrumental in developing his strong brand as an artist. The piece that he has donated to Good Companions Center was customized to the space and is a main focal point.
Danielle Lynn Photography
Matt has devoted much of his time and energy, not to mention his artwork to various charities and fundraisers. Matt’s older sister, Madeleine LeBlanc was only five when she succumbed to cancer. But 38 years later, her spirit inspired Matt to create 200 paintings in 6 months, with the ambitious goal of raising $25,0000 for the Tree of Hope Campaign (an annual event of the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital Foundation in Moncton). He called his campaign, Art for Life, which achieved this amazing goal. And then, at the Gala to celebrate his success, with some extra effort, Matt was able to bring the amount to $38,000.
Here’s some photos of Matt’s artwork from the Art for Life campaign:
Matt has some words of wisdom about purchasing custom artwork for your home.
1. Choosing the correct artwork for your space.
2) The style which will set the mood
3) The colors
That’s the hardest part of the job. The rest is just creativity !!!”
2. Should the artwork match the decor?
3. The Inspiration behind the Art